What: Bowling Green (0-0) at Wisconsin (0-0)
When: 11 a.m. Central, Saturday, Sept. 3
Site: Camp Randall Stadium (80,321, FieldTurf)
Broadcasts: ESPN live TV coverage; 45-city Wisconsin Radio Network live radio coverage; Wisconsin Pubic Television tape-delayed broadcast at 10:30 p.m.
Bowling Green versus Wisconsin: The Badgers won their only previous meeting with Bowling Green, a 39-18 decision in 1992.
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is entering his 16th and final season at UW. He has a 108-70-4 career record.
Bowling Green coach Gregg Brandon is entering his third season as the Falcons head coach and has a 20-6 record. He spent 22 years as a college assistant, including two at BGSU, before becoming the Falcons' head coach.
- Approximately 15 minutes prior to kickoff, UW will honor more than 400 former players and coaches who are making the trip back to Camp Randall Stadium as part of the school's "Celebrate the Legacy" campaign. UW recently completed a $109 million stadium renovation project.
- Bowling Green associate athletic director Scott Seeliger was an assistant coach at UW from 1977-79 and from 1984-90. In 1990 he was a member of Alvarez's first staff.
- Falcons' offensive graduate assistant Russ Kuhns lettered at UW from 2000-02 as a fullback and linebacker. Kuhns' brother, Chad, lettered at UW as a fullback from '98 to '01.
- UW coach Barry Alvarez is one victory away from moving into a tie for ninth most wins at one Big Ten institution.
- UW has won 22 of its last 24 non-conference home games, losing only to UNLV (23-5, 2003) and Fresno State (32-20, 2001).
- The Badgers are playing a MAC opponent for the seventh time in eight seasons. UW is 23-2 all-time versus the conference, last losing to Western Michigan, in the 1988 season opener. UW is 11-0 versus MAC opponents during the Alvarez era.
- UW senior wide receiver Brandon Williams needs just 46 kick return yards to top Nick Davis' school career record total (1,778). Williams has started more games (31) than any other returning Badger.
- Seven Badgers will be making their first starts at Wisconsin Saturday: tailback Brian Calhoun, left guard Matt Lawrence, right guard Jason Palermo, right tackle Kraig Urbik, defensive tackles Jason Chapman and Nick Hayden and free safety Roderick Rogers. In addition, Taylor Mehlhaff, who handled kickoffs last year, will be looking to attempt his first collegiate field goal, and UW is breaking in new long snapper Steve Johnson.
- Bowling Green returns 13 starters from a year ago.
- Since 2001 BGSU is 9-3 against Division I-A non-conference opponents, and 8-2 against BCS opponents, including a 3-1 mark against Big Ten teams. The Falcons beat Northwestern in 2001 and 2003 and Purdue in 2003. They lost to Ohio State in 2003.
- The Falcons have won 18 straight games in which they hold an opponent to less than 100 yards rushing, including eight such contests last year. They were 1-3 when foes rushed for more than 100 yards.
- The Falcons are 9-0 during tailback P.J. Pope's career when he runs for 100 yards.
- The Badgers are 88-25-3 all-time in season openers, and 11-4 during the Alvarez era.
- UW is 39-6-1 in its last 46 home games against unranked opponents.
- Bowling Green outscored its opponents 184-34 in the first quarter last year. UW outscored opponents in the first quarter 53-34 last season.
- The Falcons are 33-1 when leading after three quarters since 2001.
- BGSU coach Gregg Brandon was an assistant at Northwestern from 1992-98. The Wildcats were 3-4 against the Badgers during that stretch.
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