What: No. 21 Wisconsin (9-3) v. No. 7 Auburn (9-2)
When: Noon Central, Monday, Jan. 2
Site: Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium (70,000, natural grass)
Broadcasts: ABC live TV coverage; 45-city Wisconsin Radio Network live radio coverage.
Auburn versus Wisconsin: This will be the third meeting between the two football programs. The Tigers beat the Badgers 28-14 in the 2003 Music City Bowl in Nashville. The teams tied 7-7 in 1931 in Madison.
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez is in his 16th and final season at UW. He has a 117-73-4 career record. Alvarez is 7-3 in bowl games but has lost his last two.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville is in his 11th year as a head coach and his seventh season at the Tigers' helm. He has an 85-46 career mark and a 60-26 record at Auburn. Tuberville is 4-2 in bowl games, and 3-2 in bowl games while the Tigers' coach, including three consecutive bowl game victories.
- Wisconsin is participating in its 11th bowl game in the past 13 seasons. In the Big Ten, only Michigan and Ohio State can match that accomplishment.
- This is the 10th time in history the Badgers will play in a January bowl game, and the seventh time with Barry Alvarez as their head coach.
- Auburn is making its third trip to Orlando in the past six seasons, having lost the 2001 Citrus Bowl 31-28 to Michigan and winning the 2003 Capital One Bowl 13-9 over Penn State. The Tigers are 3-1 all-time in the Capital One Bowl, which was previously named the Citrus Bowl and the Tangerine Bowl. This is Wisconsin's first appearance in the Capital One Bowl.
- Auburn has the third-best record in the nation over the past two seasons at 22-2. Only USC (25-0) and Texas (22-1) have fared better.
- Brian Calhoun's 1,423 rushing yards are 10th in Wisconsin single-season history. With 133 yards Monday, Calhoun would leapfrog up to fifth on that list. Calhoun is also one rushing touchdown from establishing a new school record. His 21 rushing touchdowns are currently tied with Ron Dayne's 1996 tally. Calhoun's 23 total touchdowns and 138 points are already school records.
- Calhoun needs 257 all-purpose yards to surpass Dayne's '96 record 2,242.
- With eight points Monday, sophomore kicker Taylor Mehlhaff would become just the fourth Badger, and the first non-running back, to ever record 100 points in a season. Dayne topped 100 twice (126 in '96 and 120 in '99) and Billy Marek had 114 points in 1974.
- UW quarterback John Stocco is 30 pass attempts and 14 completions from setting those single-season school records. He needs one passing touchdown to climb out of a three-way tie for that mark (19).
- With 78 receiving yards Monday, Brandon Williams will become just the second player in UW history with a 1,000-yard receiving season. Lee Evans had two such years, with 1,545 in 2001 and 1,213 in 2003.
- Williams needs 55 kick return yards to break his own school single-season record (670).
- Senior receiver Jonathan Orr has eight touchdown receptions, tied for the fourth-most in single season UW history. Orr also had eight touchdown catches in 2002 and has 19 for his career, tied for third in the school annals.
- Auburn's defense is ranked No. 9 in the nation, allowing 294.1 yards per game. Wisconsin's is No. 100, giving up 432.5 per contest.
- Auburn is sixth in the nation in scoring defense, giving up a paltry 14.7 points per game. The Badgers are allowing 24.9 points on average, 54th in the nation.
- Wisconsin is 13th in the nation in scoring offense and 54th in total offense, averaging 35.2 points and 383.9 yards per game.
- Auburn is 15th in scoring offense (34.2 points per game) and 28th in total offense (425.6 yards pre game).
- Wisconsin's Brian Calhoun is No. 9 in the nation with 118.6 rushing yards per game; Auburn's Kenny Irons is No. 17 with 109.6 rushing yards per game.
- UW quarterback John Stocco is 16th in the nation with a 148.4 pass efficiency rating. Auburn's Brandon Cox is 31st on that list at 138.4.
- Auburn is 18th in pass efficiency defense at 110.0 per game, while Wisconsin is 55th at 122.2.
- Wisconsin and Auburn are 11th and 15th, respectively in net punting, at 37.7 and 37.0 yards per punt, respectively.
- Badger opponents were the most penalized of any in the Big Ten, suffering 66.5 lost yards per game. Wisconsin had the fourth-lowest penalty total in the league, averaging 46.4 penalty yards per game.
- Auburn was penalized even less, its 45.7 penalty yards per game ranking 16th in the nation.
- With just one receiving yard Monday, senior Anthony Mix will become the 21st player in Auburn history with 1,000 receiving yards in his career. If that occurs, it will make this Tiger team the first in SEC history to boast four players with 1,000 career receiving yards. Senior receivers Ben Obomanu (1,251) and Devin Aromashodu (1,317) and junior Courtney Taylor (1,380) are already part of that club.
- Brian Calhoun is sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards, averaging 165.5 per game. Teammate Brandon Williams is 10th at 160.4. Auburn's Kenny Irons is 47th at 122.7.