Two of the most successful programs in the Big Ten go head to head in a big noon showdown Saturday at The ‘Shoe when No. 4 Ohio State welcomes No. 10 Wisconsin to Columbus for a key inter-division contest. The Buckeyes are 7-0 on the season following last Friday’s 52-3 win at Northwestern while Wisconsin is 6-1 and coming off a 24-23 loss at Illinois.
When the Buckeyes and Badgers get together, one thing is certain: the stakes are always high. The last time they met was the 2017 Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis, a 27-21 Ohio State victory that was keyed by 174-yard rushing performance from J.K. Dobbins.
• The University of Wisconsin is organized into 20 schools and colleges, which enrolled 30,361 undergraduate and 14,052 graduate students in 2018.
• Among the scientific advances made at UW–Madison are the single-grain experiment (which marked the birth of modern nutrition science), the discovery of vitamins A and B by Elmer McCollum and Marguerite Davis, the development of the anticoagulant medication warfarin by Karl Paul Link.
• Located in Madison, about a mile from the state capitol, the main campus of the university is situated partially on the isthmus between Lake Mendota and Lake Monona.
• The team’s nickname originates from the state nickname. In the 1820s, many lead miners and their families lived in the mines in which they worked until adequate above-ground shelters were built, and thus were compared to badgers.
• Five of the last six meetings between Ohio State and Wisconsin have been decided by six points or less, including the most recent: a 27-21 Ohio State win in the 2017 Big Ten championship game.
• J.K. Dobbins is 53 yards away from becoming the first running back in program history with 1,000-yard seasons as a freshman, sophomore and junior.
• The Buckeyes have outscored their opponents 158-20 in the second quarter of their seven games this season.
• Ohio State is the first Big Ten team to start a season with seven consecutive wins by 20 points since 1973, when Ohio State began that season with nine such wins.
• Ryan Day is 10-0 to start his Ohio State coaching career and is just one victory shy of matching Earle Bruce for the third-best start by a Buckeye coach to open his tenure. Bruce was 11-0 in 1979 and Carroll Widdoes opened 12-0 in 1944-45. Urban Meyer’s 24-0 start in 2012-13 is the best at Ohio State.