December 3, 2019

Ohio State, Wisconsin Square off for B1G Title Saturday

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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).

THE BASICS


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

So We Meet Again

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

  • J.K. Dobbins rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns while Justin Fields rushed for a score and threw for two more to lead Ohio State to a 38-7 win over Wisconsin.
  • Chase Young recorded four sacks to tie an Ohio State record as the Buckeyes defense held the Badgers to 191 yards of total offense, including 83 on ground. Young also forced a pair of fumbles that each led to Ohio State second-half touchdowns for the Buckeyes. He recorded six total tackles, all solo efforts, to go with five tackles for loss.
  • Fields finished with 167 yards passing, completing 12-22 passes. He also rushed for 28 yards on 13 carries.
  • Chris Olave led the Ohio State receivers with seven catches for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Dobbins also had three grabs for 58 yards.
  • More: Postgame Notes

B1G x3

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.

Buckeyes Seek 38th B1G Title

  • Ohio State makes its fourth Big Ten Championship Game appearance and will seek its 38th Big Ten title on Saturday night against Wisconsin.
  • The Buckeyes’ 37 Big Ten titles is second most of any school.
  • Ohio State’s five Big Ten Championship Game appearances is second only to six by Wisconsin.

Ohio State’s Championship Game Results

  • 2013 – No. 10 MSU 34, No. 2 Ohio State 24
  • 2014 – No. 5 OSU 59, No. 13 Wisconsin 0
  • 2017 – No. 8 OSU 27, No. 4 Wisconsin 21
  • 2018 – No. 6 OSU 45, No. 21 N’Western 24

Series History vs. Wisconsin

  • Over the last 11 meetings, six games have been decided by seven points or less, including one overtime game (a 21-14 win for Ohio State in 2012) and a last-second Buckeye win in 2011 (33-29 on a Braxton Miller-to-Devin Smith touchdown with 20 seconds remaining).
  • Ohio State and Wisconsin are the Big Ten’s winningest programs over the last decade.
  • The Buckeyes are 103-17 in that span while Wisconsin is 101-32.
  • Ohio State leads the all-time series 60-18-5 with wins in each of the last six contests and 10 of the last 11.

Four National Award Finalists

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.

  • Chase Young is up for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards. He’s also a finalist for the Nagurski Award, which will announce its winner next Tuesday, Dec. 10.
  • Jeff Okudah is a Thorpe Award finalist.
  • J.K. Dobbins is a Doak Walker Award finalist.
  • Justin Fields is a Davey O’Brien Award finalist.

1 or 2 in NCAA in TFLs and sacks

  • Young is just the second player in program history – Tennesse Titans head coach Mike Vrabel is the other – to have 10 or more sacks in multiple seasons.
  • He leads the nation with 1.65 quarterback sacks per game: 16.5 in 10 games played.
  • Young is first in TFLs with 1.95, second in TFL yardage with 122 and first in sack yardage with 117.

No. 2 is now No. 2 all-time 

  • In the midst of his 211-yard day vs. Michigan, Dobbins became just the second Buckeye all-time to eclipse 4,000 career rushing yards (4,113) and moved into second place at Ohio State. He surpassed Ezekiel Elliott for the No. 2 spot Saturday.
  • Dobbins’ 102.8-yards-per-game career average is the second best in program history, behind only Archie Griffin (121.5 yards/game, 1972-75).

Fields Firing

  • At Michigan, Fields eclipsed 300 yards passing for the second time in his career and second time in the last three games. He finished with a 302 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. He was just three yards shy of his career-high for passing yards (305 at Rutgers Nov. 16).
  • Fields passed J.T. Barrett for second place on the single-season touchdown pass list as he now has 37.

By the Numbers

175.7

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.

47

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.

11

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).

4

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.