Tale of the Tape: UW vs. BGSU

There's a red moon risin', on the Cayohoga River - rollin' into Cleveland to the lake. Perhaps not aptly worded for this game, but the lead song from Major League always comes to mind when you think of Cleveland. Here are a few other notes from the home of the Indians.

-- The Badgers are opening the season away from home for the first time since 2003 and just the seventh time in the past 25 years …Wisconsin will be playing in a National Football League stadium for the fifth time in the past four seasons ... Bret Bielema is the 28th different person to hold the head football coach- ing reigns at Wisconsin, but the first since Barry Alvarez took over in 1990 ... Bielema will try to become only the second coach in UW history to win his Badger debut away from home ... Wisconsin is 25-2 all-time against opponents from the Mid-American Conference ... the Badgers, charter mem- bers of the Big Ten Conference, are starting their 118th season of football (UW is 89-25-3 in 117 previous season-openers) ... UW has won eight straight season- openers (last loss was vs. Syracuse at Giants Stadium in 1997).

Records: Wisconsin (0-0) and Bowling Green (0-0)

Date / Time: Saturday, Sept. 2 at 6:04 p.m. CDT (7:04 p.m. EDT)

Location: Cleveland, Ohio (Cleveland Browns Stadium / 73,200)

Television: ESPN Regional (Wayne Larrivee and Chris Martin)

Radio: Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas) ... 53 affiliates throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota, including WIBA (1310 AM / 101.5 FM in Madison) and WTMJ (620 AM) in Milwaukee

Polls: Neither team is nationally ranked

Coaches: Wisconsin's Bret Bielema (1st year as a head coach) and Bowling Green's Gregg Brandon (5th year overall and at BGSU: 26-11 record)

Series: Wisconsin leads 2-0

Last Meeting: Wisconsin won 56-42 in Madison on Sept. 3, 2005 ... the two teams combined for 1,035 yards of total offense ... UW's Brian Calhoun rushed for five TDs, while BGSU QB Omar Jacobs threw for 458 yards and five scores ... the Falcons took a 20-7 lead, but the game was tied 35-35 at the half ... UW scored the first 21 points of the second half.

Wisconsin-Bowling Green Series Notes: The two programs have met twice previously, both times at Wisconsin ... the Badgers won the first meeting, 39-18, on Sept. 19, 1992 ... UW re-opened renovated Camp Randall Stadium last season with a 56-42 victory over the Falcons on Sept. 3 ... Wisconsin's roster includes six Ohioans, including Shane Carter (Troy), Jason Chapman (Bedford Heights), Brandon Kelly (Bedford), Prince Moody (Columbus), Bill Nagy (Hudson) and Lance Smith (Warren) ... former Badger LB / FB Russ Kuhns is an offensive assistant at Bowling Green

Welcome to the Club Bret Bielema makes his head coaching debut on Saturday against Bowling Green. Bielema is the nation's second-youngest Division IA head coach at age 36. He was Wisconsin's defensive coordinator for the past two sea- sons as the Badgers went 19-6 overall.

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