Big Ten East Division Champion Ohio State, 12-0 on the season and winners of 18 straight games dating back to last season, will look to win its 38th Big Ten Conference title when it meets West Division Champion Wisconsin (10-2) on Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Buckeyes completed an undefeated regular season last Saturday with its eighth straight victory over Michigan. Ohio State is powered the nation’s No. 1 scoring offense (49.9 points/game) and No. 4 scoring defense (11.8 points/game).
The game features two of the best running backs in the country, as Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor is second nationally in rushing yards (1,761) while Ohio State’s J.K. Dobbins is fourth (1,657).
No. 13 Wisconsin vs. No. 2 Ohio State • Saturday, Dec. 7 • When: 8 p.m. • Where: Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind. • TV: FOX • Play by Play: Gus Johnson • Analyst: Joel Klatt • Sidelines: Jenny Taft
FACT: Ohio State has only faced an opponent twice in a season one time in program history. During the 1975 season, Ohio State played UCLA in the fourth game of the season and then faced the Bruins again in the 1976 Rose Bowl.
Last Time vs. The Badgers
Ohio State and Wisconsin will meet of the third time to decide the Big Ten champion. In 2014, an underdog Buckeye squad ran away with a 59-0 victory. In 2017, Ohio State claimed a 27-21 win over the Badgers.
Ohio State’s Championship Game Results
Series History vs. Wisconsin
Ohio State will be as well represented as any program at the College Football Award Show in Atlanta next week as four Buckeyes – a program record – are finalists for major awards.
1 or 2 in NCAA in TFLs and sacks
No. 2 is now No. 2 all-time
J.K. Dobbins is averaging 175.7 yards per game against the top four rush defenses that Ohio State has faced this season (Michigan State, Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan) with nine touchdowns.
Justin Fields has accounted for 47 total touchdowns (37 passing, 10 rushing), which is one ahead of the pace of Dwayne Haskins from 2018 when he set a school and Big Ten record with 54 touchdowns.
Ohio State and Wisconsin have combined to play in 11 Big Ten Championship Games (five for the Buckeyes and six for the Badgers). This will be their third meeting in the title game (2014, 2017, 2019).
Wide receiver K.J. Hill needs four receptions to become Ohio State’s all-time leading pass catcher. David Boston (1996-98) currently holds the records with 191 receptions.