Wisconsin/Central Florida pregame notes

The Badgers take on the Golden Knights at 11 a.m. Saturday

What: Central Florida (0-0) at No. 21 Wisconsin (0-0)
When: 11:00 a.m. Central, Saturday, Sept. 4
Site: Camp Randall Stadium (81,318, FieldTurf), Madison, Wis.
Broadcasts: ESPN live TV coverage; 46-city Wisconsin Radio Network, live radio coverage; Wisconsin Public Television, tape-delay broadcast at 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

Golden Knights versus Wisconsin: This is the first ever meeting between the two schools.

Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is entering his 15th season at UW. He has a 99-67-4 career record.

UCF coach George O'Leary is entering his first season at the helm of the Golden Knights'. He was 52-33 as the head coach at Georgia Tech from 1995-2001. O'Leary will not make his UCF coaching debut in Madison, however (see story). In his place, special teams coordinator Dave Huxtable will guide the Golden Knights. Huxtable was North Carolina's defensive coordinator when the Tar Heels visited Wisconsin last season.

  • Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez needs one win to reach 100 for his career. He is the tenth winningest coach in Big Ten history.

  • Wisconsin tailback Anthony Davis needs just seven yards to pass Bill Marek for No. 2 on the Badgers' all-time rushing list. Davis has the second most career rushing yards (3,703) of any returning running back in the nation. Only Texas' Cedric Benson (3,706) has more.

  • Wisconsin is 87-25-3 in 115 previous season openers, 10-4 in openers under Alvarez. UCF is 14-11 all-time in season openers.

  • The Badgers are 22-2 all time against MAC opponents.

  • UCF is facing a Big Ten opponent for only the fourth time in its history. The Golden Knights have lost twice to Purdue and once to Penn State. UCF is 0-13 all time versus ranked opponents.

  • Wisconsin has six players, all seniors, who have started at least 25 games: left guard Dan Buenning (37), cornerback Scott Starks (36), tailback Anthony Davis (32), defensive tackles Anttaj Hawthorne (29), free safety Jim Leonhard (27) and defensive tackle Jason Jefferson (25).

  • UCF was picked to finish fourth in the MAC's East Division by the media.

  • The Golden Knights were 93rd in rushing defense last season (191.58 yards allowed), No. 109 in passing efficiency defense (148.91 rating allowed), and No. 80 in total defense (402.75 yards allowed).

  • UCF was No. 101 in total offense last season (319.75) and No. 110 in rushing offense (97.92).

  • Golden Knight tailback Alex Haynes is third on the school's all-time rushing list with 2,502 yards and is tied for third on the career rushing touchdown list with 22.

  • UCF junior kicker Matt Prater is a candidate for the Lou Groza Award after connecting on 10 of 13 field goals last season. He led the nation in punting (47.9 yards per punt) last year but will focus solely on place kicking this year. Walk-on junior Aaron Horne will handle the punting duties.

  • Wisconsin has won at least seven games in nine of the past 11 seasons. Michigan and Ohio State are the only other Big Ten schools that can also claim that achievement.

  • The Badgers are 20-19 overall the past three seasons, the seventh best mark among Big Ten teams.

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