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What you need to know when No.8 Wisconsin faces Northwestern at Ryan Field Saturday

How to watch or listen to No.8 Wisconsin's Big Ten contest against Northwestern at Ryan Field Saturday and what you need to know.

No.8 Wisconsin (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) vs. Northwestern (4-4, 3-2 Big Ten)

Date/Time - Saturday, November 5 at 11 a.m. CT

Stadium – Ryan Field (47,330/Grass)

Television – ABC (Bob Wischusen, Brock Huard, Allison Williams)

Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas), Sirius 84, XM 84

Series – Wisconsin leads 57-35-5 (Wisconsin leads 28-18-1 in Madison)

Last Meeting – Northwestern won, 13-7, on Nov. 21, 2015 in Madison

Series Notes

Since Northwestern snapped the Badgers’ 13 game win streak in the series in 1985, the Wildcats lead, 13-12, over the last 25 meetings.

Northwestern has won four straight over the badgers in Evanson, with Wisconsin’s last win at Ryan Field coming during its Rose Bowl season of 1999.

Wisconsin carries a top-10 ranking into a road game against the Wildcats for the third time: No.9 UW claimed a 24-19 win over No.2 Northwestern in 1959 and No.7 Wisconsin won 20-9 over the unranked Wildcats in 1942.

Wisconsin is 11-3 against the Big Ten West Division since the league moved to its current divisional setup in 2013, a mark that includes a 0-2 record vs. Northwestern.


Northwestern defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz was the DC at Wisconsin from 2006-07, helping the Badgers finish No.2 nationally in scoring defense (12.1 ppg) and No.4 in total defense (253.1 ypg) in 2006, a team that finished 12-1. Current UW head coach Paul Chryst was the offensive coordinator of those Badgers teams.

Hankwitz and Wisconsin wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore were on the coaching staff at Colorado in 2004.

Wisconsin Notes to Consider

Since the start of the 2006 seasons, Wisconsin is 30-7 (.810) in the month of November.

A season after leading the nation in point allowed (13.7 ppg), UW ranks No.3 in the FBS in scoring defense at 14.6 ppg. The Badgers also rank ninth in total defense, allowing 301.1 yuards per game.

Wisconsin is averaging 208.7 rushing yards per game and 4.7 yards per carry over the last three games, including a season-best 5.9 yards per carry vs. Nebraska last weekend.

With four touchdown passes allowed and 10 interceptions recorded, Wisconsin’s defnse owns the best opponent touchdown-to-interception ratio of any FBS tea at 0.40. The Badgers’ four touchdown passes allowed match LSU for the fewest given up by a FBS team this season.

Northwestern Notes to Consider

Northwestern went a 3-1 in the month of October with wins on the road at Iowa and Michigan State and a home victory over Indiana to put itself right in the thick of the Big Ten West division race. The Wildcats bounced back from its 1-3 start by averaged 416.5 yards of total offense, including 247 yards per game through the air.

Quarterback Clayton Thorson’s 15 touchdown passes are tied for the ninth most in a single season and are the most thrown by a sophomore quarterback in Northwestern history.

Entering Saturday, senior receiver Austin Carr is the first Northwestern player since at least 2000 to have three-straight 100-yard receiving games. (130 at Michigan State; 125 vs. Indiana; 158 at Ohio State).

Junior safety Godwin Igwebuike continues to lead the Wildcats with 69 tackles and is among the nation's leaders in solo tackles through eight games. Igwebuike ranks seventh in the country with 6.3 solo tackles per game is 10th among defensive backs in tackles per game (8.6).

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