Wisconsin/Ohio State pregame notes

The Badgers and Buckeyes kick things off at 2:35 p.m. Central

What: No. 15 Wisconsin (5-0 overall, 2-0 Big Ten) at No. 19 Ohio State (3-1, 0-1)
When: 2:35 p.m. Central, Saturday, Oct. 9
Site: Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (101,568, natural grass)
Broadcasts: ABC live TV coverage (coverage map); 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
Sept. 18—Wisconsin 9, Arizona 7
Sept. 25—Wisconsin 16, Penn State 3
Oct. 2—Wisconsin 24, Illinois 7

Ohio State results to date
Home team in italics

Sept. 4—Ohio State 27, Cincinnati 6
Sept. 11—Ohio State 24, Marshall 21
Sept. 18—Ohio State 22, North Carolina State 14
Oct. 2—Northwestern 33, Ohio State 27 (OT)

Ohio State versus Wisconsin: The Buckeyes lead the all-time series 50-16-5 and the Badgers have won just six meeting in Columbus since 1914. Wisconsin, however, is 3-2 in the last five matchups, including two consecutive wins at The Horseshoe. Wisconsin won last year's meeting, 17-10 at Camp Randall. A win Saturday would give the Badgers consecutive wins over Ohio State for the first time since 1984-85. The winning team has scored less than 20 points in 6 of the past 10 contests.

Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 15th season at UW. He has a 104-67-4 career record.

Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is in his four year with the Buckeyes and 19th season as a head coach (Youngstown State). He is 35-8 at Ohio State and 170-65-2 overall.

  • Wisconsin and Miami (Fla.) are the only schools in the country who have allowed only two touchdowns this season. Each team has also allowed just four field goals but the Badgers have played one more game than the Hurricanes.

  • Badger opponents are averaging 57 plays from scrimmage per game, second fewest in the nation (Kansas State is allowing 56 per game). Wisconsin has forced 25 three-and-outs this season on 61 opponents' drives.

  • Wisconsin has held all of its opponents to less than 100 yards rushing, including the mere 42 Illinois managed last week.

  • In addition to the Badgers, only Nebraska and Auburn have not allowed a rushing touchdown this season.

  • Wisconsin tailback Anthony Davis needs just six rushing yards to become the 13th player in Big Ten history with 4,000 in a career.

  • UW joins Wake Forest as the only teams who have had three different runners garner 100 yards in consecutive weeks. Booker Stanley had a career-high 135 at Arizona, Matt Bernstein had a career-high 123 versus Penn State and Anthony Davis had 213 against Illinois.

  • Badger punt returner Jim Leonhard needs just five punt return yards to break Bruce Branch's conference career record (1,171).

  • Ohio State has won 18 consecutive games at Ohio Stadium.

  • The Buckeyes are 19-6 in Big Ten play under coach Jim Tressel.

  • Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent needs just six points to become the fourth Buckeye to achieve 300 in a career. Fullback Pete Johnson (1973-76) holds the school record with 348. Nugent has been named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week twice this year. He currently leads the conference in kick scoring (10 points per game), field goals made (2.5 per game), and field goal percentage (83.3).

  • Buckeye linebacker A.J. Hawk leads the Big Ten with 44 tackles (11 per game).

  • Ohio State receiver Bam Childress had 11 catches for 133 yards all of last season. He has 13 receptions for 167 yards already this year, including eight catches in the past two games.

  • Buckeye receiver Santonio Holmes is third in the conference with 107.5 receiving yards per game. Quarterback Justin Zwick is fourth in passing yards (205.2).

  • Ohio State has won 13 of its last 15 games that were decided by seven points or less. The exceptions came last week at Northwestern (33-27 in overtime) and last year in Madison (17-10).

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