No.21 Wisconsin and No.20 Northwestern are a near even matchup

BadgerNation looks at the matchup between No.21 Wisconsin and No.20 Northwestern at Camp Randall Stadium Saturday afternoon.

No.20 Northwestern (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) vs. No.21 Wisconsin (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, November 21 at 2:42 p.m. CT

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

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

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

Series – Wisconsin leads 57-34-5 (Wisconsin leads 26-14-2 in Madison)

Last Meeting - Northwestern won, 20-14, on October 4, 2014 in Evanston, Ill.

Series Notes

Since Northwestern snapped the Badgers’ 13-game win streak in the series with a 17-14 triumph in 1985, the rivalry has been much closer. The series is tied, 12-12, over the course of the teams’ last 24 meetings.

Saturday’s matchup marks the first meeting since 1995 in which both Wisconsin and Northwestern are ranked in the AP Top 25. Led by junior linebacker Pat Fitzgerald — who went on to be named a Consensus All-American and claimed both the Nagurski Trophy and Bednarik Award — the No. 11 Wildcats scored a 35-0 win over the 24th-ranked Badgers in Evanston.

The last time a ranked Northwestern team came to Camp Randall, the unraked Badgers ran away with a 35-6 win over the No. 19 Wildcats on Oct. 12, 2013.

Wisconsin has won four consecutive meetings with the Wildcats in Madison, with Northwestern’s last win at Camp Randall Stadium coming in a double-overtime thriller in 2000. On the flip side, NU has won four straight over the Badgers in Evanston, with Wisconsin’s last win at Ryan Field coming in 1999.

Northwestern defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz was DC at Wisconsin from 2006-07, helping the Badgers finish No. 2 nationally in scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and No. 5 in total defense (253.1 ypg) in 2006, a team that finished 12-1.

Wisconsin Notes to Consider

Three players played in their 50th career games vs. Rutgers on Oct. 31: WR Jordan Fredrick, CB Darius Hillary and P Drew Meyer. They became the 45th, 46th and 47th players in school history to play in at least 50 games.

A total of 24 players have seen their first collegiate action for Wisconsin in 2015, including 16 that have made their first career starts. Wisconsin has played a total of 21 freshmen (17 redshirt freshmen, 4 true freshmen) this season. Only Penn State (22) has played more among Big Ten teams.

A total of 19 Badgers will be honored before playing in their final game at Camp Randall Stadium as part of Senior Day festivities on Saturday: QB Thad Armstrong, S Michael Caputo, WR Alex Erickson, CB Terrance Floyd, WR Jordan Fredrick, OLB Jesse Hayes, CB Darius Hillary, WR A.J. Jordan, DE Jake Keefer, WR/S Tanner McEvoy, OL Tyler Marz, P Drew Meyer, CB T.J. Reynard, K Jack Russell, OLB Joe Schobert, QB Joel Stave, TE Austin Traylor, FB Derek Straus and FB Derek Watt.

UW’s senior class owns an overall record of 36-15 and is 22-8 in Big Ten play over the past four seasons. The seniors contributed to a Big Ten championship in 2012 and Big Ten West Division and Outback Bowl titles in 2014.

Northwestern Notes to Consider

The Wildcats are off their first 8-2 start since 1996 when now head coach Pat Fitzgerald claimed the Bednarik and Nagurski awards en route to leading the 'Cats to a 9-3 season that included a Co-Big Ten Championship.

Sophomore middle linebacker Anthony Walker Jr., posted his third-straight double-digit tackling effort with 14 tackles against Purdue, including a career-high 10 solo stops. Walker is just nine tackles shy of 100 on the season and has racked up a team-high 15.5 tackles for loss, tying the ninth-best mark in NU single-season history.

Four of Northwestern's five 'big plays' came on the ground last week as the Wildcats outgained the Boilermakers on the ground 250-73.

Tailback Justin Jackson eclipsed the 1,000- yard plateau for the second-straight season on Saturday and currently ranks third in the Big Ten and 25th in the country in rushing yards (1,033) as well as fourth in the Big Ten and 30th in the country in rushing yards per game (103.3). Last season, Jackson carried the ball a career-high 33 times for 162 yards against the Badgers.

Worgull's Predictions

Straight up: 9-1

Against the Spread: 5-5


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