Game Data: Wisconsin at Ohio State

We go inside the numbers and look at the raw data, TV clearance map, depth charts and share one man's prediction on Saturday's game with Wisconsin (3:30 p.m., ABC). Click this free link for more.

Game Data

* Date, Time: Sat., Oct. 9; 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

* Location: Ohio Stadium; Columbus, Ohio.

* TV: ABC; Announcers: Brent Musberger, Gary Danielson, Jack Arute.

ABC Coverage Map

* 2004 Records, Rankings: Ohio State, 3-1 overall, 0-1 Big Ten, 18th in AP poll, 15th in ESPN/USA Today coaches poll; Wisconsin, 5-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten, 15th in AP poll, 16th in ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

* Coaches: Ohio State, Jim Tressel (fourth year at OSU, 35-8; 19th year overall, 170-65-2; vs. Wisconsin, 1-2); Wisconsin, Barry Alvarez (15th year at Wisconsin, 104-67-4; vs. Ohio State, 4-7-1).

* Series History: Ohio State leads 50-16-5, including 27-6-3 in Columbus (OSU lost 17-10 in Madison last year.).

* Wisconsin Schedule: Sept. 4, Central Florida, W 34-6; Sept. 11, Nevada-Las Vegas, W 18-3; Sept. 18, at Arizona, W 9-7; Sept. 25, Penn State, W 16-3; Oct. 2, Illinois, W 24-7; Oct. 9, at Ohio State; Oct. 16, at Purdue; Oct. 23, Northwestern; Nov. 6, Minnesota; Nov. 13, at Michigan State; Nov. 20, at Iowa.

* Wisconsin Key Players: QB John Stocco (55 of 115 passing, 660 yards, 3 TDs, 3 INTs), RB Anthony Davis (40 carries, 291 yards, 4 TDs), RB Booker Stanley (74 carries, 240 yards, 1 TD), WR Brandon Williams (10 catches, 132 yards), LB Dontez Sanders (33 tackles, 2 sacks), FS Jim Leonhard (23 tackles, 1 INT, 6 PBUs), DE Erasmus James (19 tackles, 7-1/2 TFLs, 5 sacks), DT Anttaj Hawthorne (13 tackles, 3 TFLs, 1 INT).

* Wisconsin Fast Facts: Location: Madison, Wis.; Enrollment, 41,595; Nickname, Badgers; Colors, Cardinal and White; Stadium, Camp Randall Stadium (surface, FieldTurf; capacity, 82,300).

Depth Charts

Ohio State Offense

SE 4 Santonio Holmes, 5-11, 185, So.

8 Roy Hall, 6-3, 228. So.

LT 77 Rob Sims, 6-4, 310, Jr.

62 John McLaughlin, 6-6, 300, Sr.

LG 50 Doug Datish, 6-5, 295, So.

59 John Conroy, 6-3, 295, Jr.

C 55 Nick Mangold, 6-4, 290, Jr.

73 Steve Winner, 6-6, 290, Jr.

RG 52 Mike Kne, 6-4, 303, Sr.

72 T.J. Downing, 6-5, 305, So.

66 R.J. Coleman, 6-5, 295, So.

RT 68 Tim Schafer, 6-5, 290, So.

74 Kirk Barton, 6-6, 305, Fr.

TE 80 Ryan Hamby, 6-5, 250, Jr.

86 Rory Nicol, 6-5, 245, Fr.

FL 3 Bam Childress, 5-10, 185, Sr.

7 Ted Ginn Jr., 6-0, 170, Fr.

QB 12 Justin Zwick, 6-4, 225, So.

10 Troy Smith, 6-1, 215, So.

TB 30 Lydell Ross, 6-0, 225, Sr.

28 Maurice Hall, 5-10, 205, Sr.

FB 89 Stan White Jr., 6-3, 242, So.

43 Brandon Schnittker, 6-2, 250, Jr.

38 Branden Joe, 6-0, 235, Sr.

K 85 Mike Nugent, 5-10, 180, Sr.

23 Josh Huston, 6-1, 195, Sr.

Ohio State Defense

DE 75 Simon Fraser, 6-6, 280, Sr.

50 Vernon Gholston, 6-4, 250, Fr.

DT 94 Marcus Green, 6-3, 290, Jr.

97 David Patterson, 6-3, 285, So.

DT 90 Quinn Pitcock, 6-3, 295, So.

98 Joel Penton, 6-5, 275, So.

DE 99 Jay Richardson, 6-6, 270, So.

57 Mike Kudla, 6-3, 265, Jr.

SLB 42 Bobby Carpenter, 6-3, 255, Jr.

17 Marcus Freeman, 6-2, 230, Fr.

MLB 5 Mike D'Andrea, 6-3, 248, Jr.

51 Anthony Schlegel, 6-2, 245, Jr.

WLB 47 A.J. Hawk, 6-1, 238, Jr.

1 Thomas Matthews, 6-2, 220, Sr.

CB 26 Ashton Youboty, 6-1, 188, So.

13 Harlen Jacobs, 6-1, 197, Sr.

FS 21 Nate Salley, 6-3, 215, Jr.

32 Brandon Mitchell, 6-3, 205, So.

SS 9 Donte Whitner, 5-11, 200, So.

6 Tyler Everett, 5-11, 196, Jr.

CB 2 E.J. Underwood, 6-1, 175, Jr.

13 Harlen Jacobs, 6-1, 197, Sr.

P 86 Kyle Turano, 6-0, 205, Sr.

23 Josh Huston, 6-1, 195, Sr.

LS 60 Kyle Andrews, 5-11, 245, Sr.

68 Drew Norman, 6-0, 230, So.

Wisconsin Offense

QB 7 John Stocco, 6-2, 200, So.

12 Tyler Donovan, 6-1, 186, Fr.

TB 28 Anthony Davis, 5-8, 205, Sr.

32 Booker Stanley, 5-10, 211, So.

FB 45 Matt Bernstein, 6-2, 270, Jr.

37 Greg Root, 6-2, 270, Jr.

WR 9 Jonathan Orr, 6-3, 195, Jr.

87 Darrin Charles, 6-6, 216, Sr.

WR 1 Brandon Williams, 5-11, 175, Jr.

8 Brandon Whitem 6-3, 249, Jr.

TE 85 Tony Paciotti, 6-4, 263, Sr.

84 Jason Pociask, 6-3, 249, Jr.

LT 72 Joe Thomas, 6-8, 295, So.

75 Morgan Davis, 6-5, 327, Sr.

LG 67 Dan Buenning, 6-4, 320, Sr.

76 Matt Lawrence, 6-5, 294, Jr.

C 53 Donovan Raiola, 6-3, 294, Jr.

52 Jason Palermo, 6-3, 287, Jr.

RG 50 Jonathan Clinkscale, 6-3, 303, Sr.

65 Marcus Coleman, 6-6, 305, Fr.

RT 75 Morgan Davis, 6-5, 327, Sr.

64 Danny Kaye, 6-8, 311, Fr.

K 99 Mike Allen, 6-2, 191, Sr.

Wisconsin Defense

DE 90 Erasmus James, 6-4, 263, Sr.

95 Joe Monty, 6-2, 251, So.

DT 77 Anttaj Hawthorne, 6-3, 305, Sr.

99 Justin Ostrowski, 6-5, 290, Fr.

DT 74 Jason Jefferson, 6-3, 306, Sr.

58 Kalvin Barrett, 6-2, 310, Sr.

DE 92 Jonathan Welsh, 6-4, 233, Sr.

95 Joe Monty, 6-2, 251, So.

SLB 41 Mark Zalewski, 6-2, 232, So.

23 Paul Joran, 6-3, 230, So.

MLB 15 Reggie Cribbs, 6-1, 234, So.

43 Andy Crooks, 6-3, 251, Fr.

WLB 14 Dontez Sanders, 6-1, 208, Jr.

24 LaMarr Watkins, 6-1, 224, Jr.

SS 42 Robert Brooks, 5-10, 186, Sr.

36 Johnny White, 6-2, 217, So.

CB 2 Scott Starks, 5-10, 173, Sr.

4 Chuckie Cowans, 5-8, 170, Sr.

FS 18 Jim Leonhard, 5-8, 186, Sr.

22 Roderick Rogers, 6-2, 184, So.

CB 6 Brett Bell, 6-0, 200, Jr.

21 Levonne Rowan, 6-1, 189, Jr.

P 94 Ken DeBauche, 6-2, 212, Fr.

Breaking It Down

* When Ohio State Has The Ball: You may want to avert your eyes. Ohio State has now posted two miserable offensive performances in a row and the bad news is here comes Wisconsin with the nation's top-ranked defense in terms of yardage (193.2 per game) and scoring (5.2). The Badgers have allowed just two touchdowns, both by pass, this season. Of course, UW's five opponents (UCF, UNLV, Arizona, Penn State and Illinois) have a combined record of 6-18, so that may explain some of the Badgers' overwhelming defensive success.

UW is ranked fourth nationally against the run and the pass, so it's kind of like pick your poison here. We know that DL Erasmus James and Anttaj Hawthorne will try and give the OSU line fits, while FS Jim Leonhard and CB Scott Starks will prowl the secondary.

Truly, this game is about Ohio State. The Buckeyes need to pick up the pieces and find some way to move the sticks and maintain possession of the football. This game matches two stellar defenses, so field position and turnovers will be critical. Once again, it seems that OSU will begin with the run. Perhaps having Antonio Pittman and Branden Joe in the game from the onset (instead of waiting until the second half to turn them loose) will make a difference. OSU can't afford to go another first half without scoring an offensive touchdown, that is for sure.

QB Justin Zwick will probably still make a critical mistake or two. But he is showing signs of being pretty good. His throws to Roy Hall and Santonio Holmes last week were top shelf and his running plays kept OSU in the game when little else was working. He will be put to the ultimate test here against what appears to be, perhaps, the Big Ten's best defensive unit.

* When Wisconsin Has The Ball: The Badgers had kind of been in the same boat as Ohio State since star RB Anthony Davis went down with an eye injury. But Davis came back after a three-week layoff and trampled Illinois for 213 yards last week. When he doesn't have the ball, 270-pound fullback Matt Bernstein (123 yards vs. Penn State) could get the call. And they also have TB Booker Stanley (135 yards vs. Arizona) at their disposal as well. Look for the Badgers – 113th nationally in passing (133.2 yards per game) – to try and line up and run over the Buckeyes.

For reasons unclear, OSU's formerly tough run defense has shown some wear this year. After being a top-20 team against the run the last two years, OSU stands in here at 57th in the country in that all-too-key stat (137.3 yards per game). It will be imperative that OSU's 4-3 base defense is operating on all cylinders. The front, which did not distinguish itself in any way, shape or form at NU, must have a hand in at least slowing Davis down so the LBs can contain him. Otherwise, this will be a short game and (another) real long day for the Buckeyes.

If OSU can contain the run, the Buckeyes will have a great chance. QB John Stocco is the Big Ten's least productive starting quarterback. OSU needs to get after him and put him in a position to make plays, something he has not had to do yet this season.

* How It Will Go: You have to hope that Ohio State has whatever that was at Northwestern out of their system. They could not run the ball to save their lives and could not get NU's spread stopped, either. Wisconsin's smash-and-mash offense is more to OSU's liking. The Badgers will try and line up and out-physical Ohio State, much as Northwestern did with some success last week. Playing at home, though, I think the Buckeyes will rise up and meet this challenge.

For starters, OSU is typically a good bounce back team. The Buckeyes have yet to lose consecutive games under Jim Tressel. Second, they have motivation to improve on last week's "showing" and revenge in their head to avenge last year's crushing 17-10 loss in Madison. Plus, the Buckeyes probably have an edge in the kicking game as well.

I am real mad at Kirk Larrabee of our staff. Each week, we give our picks for the upcoming game on the "Bucknuts Radio Hour." When I see a game like this (a defensive stand-off), I have resolved to always call it – as long as Mike Nugent is still around – a 16-13 Ohio State win. As you'll recall, that's what I went with last year for the Purdue game and I nailed it. But then here comes Kirk, he beats me to the punch and picks Ohio State to defeat Wisconsin 16-13. So I have had to audible and change my pick.

At any rate, it is time for OSU to end Wisconsin's two-game winning streak in the Horseshoe and, what the heck, it will probably be on one more dramatic last-second Nugent kick (how else would you have it?). I've got it: Ohio State 17-14

-- Steve Helwagen


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