Wisconsin hosts Rutgers for a Halloween kickoff at Camp Randall Stadium

BadgerNation looks at the matchup between Wisconsin and Rutgers at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday morning.

Rutgers (3-4, 1-3 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (6-2, 3-1 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, October 30 at 11:01 a.m. CT

Stadium – Camp Randall Stadium (80,321/Camp Randall)

Television – Big Ten Network (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)

Series – Wisconsin leads 1-0 (First Meeting in Madison)

Last Meeting - Wisconsin won, 37-0, on November 1, 2014 in Piscataway, N.J.

Series Notes

Melvin Gordon ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns and Corey Clement ran for 131 yards and two scores in UW’s shutout victory last season. Wisconsin limited Rutgers to 139 yards and gave the Scarlet Knights their first shutout since 2002.

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst is 1-0 all-time vs. Rutgers, scoring a 27-6 win over the Scarlet Knights in his first season as head coach at Pittsburgh in 2012. Pittsburgh and Rutgers were members of the Big East Conference in 2012.

The Badgers boast a pair of New Jersey natives in junior RB Corey Clement (Glassboro) and senior WR/S Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale).

Rutgers senior tailback Paul James was a high school teammate of Clement at Glassboro High School. Freshman DB Ronnie James also attended Glassboro.

Rutgers secondary coach Darrell Wilson coached at Wisconsin from 2000-01, overseeing UW’s outside linebackers and special teams.

Wisconsin is 5-5-1 on Halloween home games, including 3-3 in the modern era (since 1946). UW last game on Oct.31 was in 2009, a 37-0 defeat of Purdue.

Rutgers has won its last three games played on Halloween - 2009 at Connecticut, 1998 vs. Temple and 1992 vs. Virginia Tech.

Wisconsin and Rutgers aren’t scheduled to play again until Nov.3, 2018, at Camp Randall.

Wisconsin Notes to Consider

Wisconsin is 64-28 (.696) in Big Ten play since the start of the 2004 season. Only Ohio State (78-14, .848) has a better conference record than the Badgers over that span.

Wisconsin has attempted 35 or more passes six times this season, posting a 4-2 record in those games. From 1990 to 2014, the Badgers were 0-23-1 in games in which they passed the ball 35 or more times.

A total of 21 freshmen have seen action for the Badgers in 2015 — 17 redshirt freshmen and four true freshmen. Of those 21, eight have made a start, including four (OL Michael Deiter, ILB T.J. Edwards, OL Micah Kapoi and ILB Chris Orr) that have started at least five games.

Wisconsin’s 24-13 win at Illinois made the Badgers bowl-eligible for the 14th-consecutive season, extending the longest active bowl streak in the Big Ten. Florida State has been bowl eligible for 34 straight seasons.

After struggling to move the chains on third down over a span of four games from Sept. 19 to Oct. 10 — UW converted on just 10 of its 49 (20.4%) third-down attempts in that span — the Badgers have converted a combined 16 of 30 third-down attempts (53.3%) over its last two games, including a season-best 9-for-16 (56.3%) mark at Illinois on Oct. 24.

Rutgers Notes to Consider

Since 2011, Rutgers is 27-6 when attempting at least 35 rush attempts in a game.

Since 2000, Rutgers is 50-16 when holding the opponent below 100 yards rushing in a game.

The Scarlet Knights rallied back from a 25-point deficit in the second half to beat Indiana on the road, 55-52, in the highest scoring game in regular on in the history of Rutgers football. RU trailed by 25 with 5:25 left in the third quarter and scored 28 unanswered from there to win. It was the largest comeback in the NCAA this season, as teams were 0-121 entering that week when trailing by 25 points in a game.

Rutgers leads the Big Ten with a passing efficiency mark of 150.2 and is second with a third-down conversion rate of 46.2 percent. Also sixth in scoring offense (30.4), fifth in rushing offense (185.6) and fourth in total offense (426.6).

Chris Laviano leads the Big Ten with passing completion percentage of 67.2 and third with an efficiency mark of 148.9.

Worgull's Predictions

Straight up: 7-1

Against the Spread: 5-3

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