No.2 Ohio State (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) vs. No.8 Wisconsin (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten)
Date/Time - Saturday, October 15 at 7 p.m. CT
Stadium – Camp Randall Stadium (80,321/FieldTurf)
Television – ABC (Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Samantha Ponder)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher). Sirius 84 / XM 84
Series – Ohio State leads 57-18-5 (Ohio State leads 26-11-2 in Madison)
Last Meeting – Ohio State won, 59-0, on Dec. 6, 2014 in Indianapolis
Ohio State has claimed seven of the last eight meetings in the series since the Badgers scored back-to-back wins over the Buckeyes in 2003 and 2004.
UW’s last win over Ohio State was a memorable one, with the Badgers knocking off the top-ranked Buckeyes 31-18 in a primetime matchup at Camp Randall Stadium in 2010. The next three games between the teams were highly competitive, with the Buckeyes winning on a 40-yard touchdown pass with 20 seconds remaining in 2011, escaping Madison with a hard-fought 21-14 overtime win in 2012 and holding off the Badgers for a 31-24 triumph in 2013.
Saturday’s matchup marks the 18th time Wisconsin and Ohio State will match up with both teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. The Badgers went 5-10-2 in the previous 17 meetings.
Saturday’s game will be just the third in which both teams are ranked among the top 10 of the AP poll. No. 6 Wisconsin downed No. 1 Ohio State, 17-7, in Madison in 1942 and the No. 2-ranked Badgers fell, 31-14, to No. 4 OSU in Columbus in 1954.
At 112-39 (.742), Wisconsin is one of just 15 Power Five programs to win 100 games since the start of the 2005 season and ranks No. 7 in terms of winning percentage during that time frame. Ohio State ranks first at 127-22 (.852).
Since 2004, Wisconsin has compiled a 68-30 (.694) record in the Big Ten. Only Ohio State (83- 15, .847) has a better league record over the last 12 seasons.
Wisconsin’s roster includes five players from the state of Ohio: freshman S Seth Currens (Pickerington), sophomore OL Michael Deiter (Curtice), freshman OLB Griffin Grady (Dublin), redshirt freshman DE Kraig Howe (Dayton) and senior WR Robert Wheelwright (Columbus).
Ohio State has no players from the state of Wisconsin on its roster.
Wisconsin offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph’s coaching career began at Ohio State, where he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant (2004-05) and strength coordinator (2006).
Wisconsin Notes to Consider
Saturday’s game marks the 10th all-time matchup between top-10 teams at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers are 7-2 in the previous nine such games, including a run of six consecutive wins.
UW’s defense has allowed a total of three touchdowns and two field goals in its first three meetings with top-10 teams this season. The Badgers held LSU, Michigan State and Michigan to an average of just 110.3 rushing yards and forced a combined eight turnovers in those games.
The Badgers have held opponents to an average of 85.3 yards per game and 2.9 yards per attempt over the last 12 games.
Junior CB Derrick Tindal is tied for 11th nationally with eight passes defended (3 interceptions, 5 pass breakups), while senior CB Sojourn Shelton has recorded six passes defended (1 interception, 5 pass breakups).
Ohio State Notes to Consider
Head coach Urban Meyer is 34-13 in his career against Top 25 competition, including 13-3 at Ohio State. The Buckeyes beat No.14 Oklahoma, 45-24, on the road in their only top-25 matchup thus far.
The game Saturday will mark the first coaching matchup between teams coached by Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, who is in his fifth year as a collegiate coach and second season at Wisconsin, his alma mater. Chryst is the 107th different coach that Meyer will game plan against. Meyer is 91-15 in first-time coaching matchups.
Redshirt freshman Mike Weber has rushed his way to the top of the Big Ten, leading the conference with 113.2 yards per game with four TDs. His season high is 144 yards against Rutgers.
Ohio State’s defense has given up just four touchdowns this season and the unit remains the only one to not give up a rushing touchdown in 2016. The Buckeyes rank fourth in the nation in total defense, ninth against the rush, fifth in passing yards allowed and either first or second in pass efficiency defense (second), scoring defense (second), red zone defense (first). The Buckeyes are fourth in the FBS with their +8 TO margin.