Ohio State ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten in total defense (252.6 yards per game), rushing defense (83.4 ypg) and pass defense (169.2 ypg). Wisconsin ranks No. 1 in scoring (35.0 points per game), rushing (217.2 yards per game), pass efficiency, third-down conversions and red-zone efficiency (20 for 20).
Both teams feature a receiver whose father previously starred at the same position for their respective schools. Ohio State's Duron Carter is the son of Cris, while Wisconsin's Nick Toon is the son of Al. Both fathers were selected to multiple Pro Bowls.
Wisconsin forced three turnovers in a 31-28 win at Minnesota last week, the fourth straight game the Badger defense took the ball away at least three times.
There are nine Badgers from Ohio: receivers Kyle Jefferson (Cleveland Glenville) and Jeff Duckworth (Cincinnati Princeton), running back Prince Moody (Columbus Eastmoor), linebacker Chris Borland (Kettering Alter), tight end Brian Wozniak (Cincinnati Loveland), offensive linemen Jake Current (Troy), Sam Edmiston (Cincinnati St. Xavier) and Bill Nagy (Hudson) and defensive lineman Pat Muldoon (Cincinnati St. Xavier).
Against Indiana last weekend, offensive lineman Marcus Hall was the 10th member of Ohio State's 2009 recruiting class to make his debut, joining safety C.J. Barnett, fullbacks Zach Boren and Adam Homan, receiver Duron Carter, tight end Reid Fragel, linebackers Jonathan Newsome and Storm Klein, running back Jordan Hall and defensive lineman John Simon.
Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzein, who wears No. 16, leads the Big Ten in pass efficiency rating (154.7). Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor led the league in that statistic last season
The two teams have forced 27 turnovers combined this season. Ohio State has forced 12 turnovers on the season and ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten in turnover differential (plus-4). Wisconsin has 15 takeaways and is No. 1 in the conference in differential (plus-5).
Ohio State (48) and Wisconsin (46) have a combined 94 freshmen on their respective rosters.
Ohio State and Wisconsin first played in 1913, and the Buckeyes own an advantage of 52-17-5 in the all-time series. That includes a 28-7-3 mark in Columbus. Five of the Badgers' victories in Columbus have come since 1981.