Wisconsin/Arizona pregame notes

The Badgers and Wildcats kick off at 3:11 p.m. Central

What: No. 20 Wisconsin (2-0) at Arizona (1-1)
When: 3:11 p.m. Central, Saturday, Sept. 18
Site: Arizona Stadium (56,0002, natural grass)
Broadcasts: Fox Sports Net live TV coverage; 46-city Wisconsin Radio Network live radio coverage.

Wisconsin results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 4—Wisconsin 34, Central Florida 6
Sept. 11—Wisconsin 18, UNLV 3

Arizona results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 4—Arizona 21, Northern Arizona 3
Sept. 11—Utah 23, Arizona 6

Wildcats versus Wisconsin: The Badgers have faced Arizona only once before. They beat the Wildcats 31-10 two seasons ago in Madison.

Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 15th season at UW. He has a 101-67-4 career record. Arizona coach Mike Stoops is in his first year with the Wildcats and his first year as a head coach. He spent 18 years as an assistant coach at Iowa, Kansas State and Oklahoma. He spent five years as the Sooners' defensive coordinator, during which time OU compiled a 55-11 record.

  • Wisconsin is the only team in the nation that has not allowed a touchdown. Its 202 yards allowed per game is tied with Iowa State for the seventh best mark in the nation. Among teams that have played at least two games, Big Ten teams Iowa (173), Purdue (197) and Wisconsin are ranked 1-2-3.

  • The Badgers are 15-21-2 all-time against Pac-10 opponents but 7-1-1 in their last nine such games, dating back to their 1994 Rose Bowl win over UCLA. Arizona is 13-20 all-time against Big Ten teams; 2-7 since 1995.

  • Wisconsin tailback Jamil Walker's 88 yards rushing last week was the most ever for a true freshman making his debut during the Alvarez era.

  • At just 22 yards per game, the Badgers are the fourth-least penalized team in the nation.

  • Wisconsin has allowed just one quarterback sack in two games, after yielding nearly three per game last year.

  • Defensively, Wisconsin is third in the Big Ten with six sacks.

  • The Badgers held Central Florida to just 1.51 yards per carry and UNLV to only 2.7. Through two games, Arizona is averaging 3.3 yards per rush.

  • Wisconsin is 5-2-1 in its last eight non-conference road games.

  • Arizona is ranked No. 98 in the nation in scoring offense (13.5 points per game).

  • Wildcat quarterback Kris Heavner has completed 37 passes in two games; the Badgers have allowed just 26 completions in two games.

  • Nick Folk's two field goals last week matched Arizona's total all of last year. Folk was 0-for-2 as a freshman last season and the Wildcats finished the year 2-for-11. Folk's first field goal against Utah was Wildcats first connection since Sept. 27, 2003. Folk's two made field goals marked the first time since Oct. 26, 2002 that Arizona had made two field goals in a game.

  • Heavner completed passes to eight different players in week one and nine different Wildcats in week two.

  • Arizona has scored just 13 points in the first half of games this season, but can hang its hat on the fact that it has scored in each first half. Last year the Wildcats failed to put points on the board in the first half of 8 out of 12 games.

  • Wisconsin punt returner Jim Leonhard is No. 10 in the nation with an 18.0-yard average. He returned three punts for 58 yards last week to become the Badgers' all-time leader in punt return yardage. He is just 142 yards from breaking the Big Ten record, but faces an Arizona team this week that has allowed just two returns for a total of 13 yards.

  • The head coaches and defensive coordinators for both Wisconsin and Arizona got their start coaching at Iowa. Barry Alvarez was an assistant at Iowa from 1979-1986, while Bret Bielema, Mike Stoops and Mark Stoops all played and coached at Iowa. Alvarez recruited the Stoops' brothers; Mike and Mark were coaching the Hawkeyes when Bielema played there.


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