Ohio State at Wisconsin
* Date, Time: Sat., Nov. 17, 3:30 p.m. (Eastern)
* Location: Camp Randall Stadium; Madison, Wis.
* TV: ABC (regional telecast with outer market coverage on ESPN2, click here for the coverage map; announcers, Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen and Quint Kessenich)
* 2012 Records: Ohio State, 10-0 overall, 6-0 Big Ten; Wisconsin, 7-3 overall, 4-2 Big Ten.
* 2012 Rankings: Ohio State, sixth in Associated Press poll; Wisconsin, unranked.
* Series History: Ohio State leads the all-time series, which dates to 1913, at 54-18-5. That includes a 25-10-2 edge in Madison. The Buckeyes have won four of the last five meetings. The lone loss in that stretch saw Wisconsin hand then-No. 1 ranked Ohio State a 31-18 defeat on Oct. 16, 2010, at Madison. OSU has won nine of the last 14 meetings overall (since 1994).
Last year, OSU pulled out a dramatic 33-29 win in Columbus. QB Braxton Miller found fellow freshman Devin Smith for a 40-yard touchdown with 20 seconds left for the win. That spoiled a big day for Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson (20 of 32 passing, 253 yards, three touchdowns). RB Boom Herron rushed for 160 yards for OSU. Miller ran for 99 yards and two TDs and had that one big throw for a score.
In 2003, Wisconsin upset No. 1 OSU 17-10 to snap a 19-game winning streak for the Buckeyes. In 2008, OSU won 20-17 at Madison to stop UW’s 16-game home winning streak.
* Wisconsin Schedule: Sept. 1, Northern Iowa, W 26-21; Sept. 8, at Oregon State, L 10-7; Sept. 15, Utah State, W 16-14; Sept. 22, UTEP, W 37-26; Sept. 29, at Nebraska, L 30-27; Oct. 6, Illinois, W 31-14; Oct. 13, at Purdue, W 38-14; Oct. 20, Minnesota, W 38-13; Oct. 27, Michigan State, L 16-13 (OT); Nov. 10, at Indiana, W 62-14; Nov. 17, Ohio State, 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2); Nov. 24, at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2).
* Wisconsin Key Players (2012 Stats): QB Curt Phillips (4 of 7 passing, 41 yards, 1 TDs, 0 INTs), RB Montee Ball (245 carries, 1,226 yards, 16 TDs), RB James White (89 carries, 647 yards, 8 TDs), WR Jared Abbrederis (38 catches, 689 yards, 5 TDs), TE Jacob Pedersen (18 catches, 264 yards, 3 TDs), LB Chris Borland (82 tackles, 10 TFLs, 4-1/2 sacks, 9 TFLs), LB Mike Taylor (95 tackles, 12 TFLs), SLB Ethan Armstrong (61 tackles, 1 INT), CB Devin Smith (48 tackles, 3 INTs), DE David Gilbert (31 tackles, 4 sacks, 7 TFLs).
* Wisconsin Fast Facts: Location: Madison, Wis.; Enrollment, 42,041; Conference: Big Ten Conference; Nickname, Badgers; Colors, Cardinal and White; Stadium, Camp Randall Stadium (surface, FieldTurf; capacity, 80,321).
* Ohio State Schedule: Sept. 1, Miami (Ohio), W 56-10; Sept. 8, Central Florida, W 31-16; Sept. 15, California, W 35-28; Sept. 22, UAB, W 29-15; Sept. 29, at Michigan State, W 17-16; Oct. 6, Nebraska, W 63-38; Oct. 13, at Indiana, W 52-49; Oct. 20, Purdue, W 29-22 (OT); Oct. 27, at Penn State, W 35-23; Nov. 3, Illinois, W 52-22; Nov. 17, at Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2); Nov. 24, Michigan, noon (ABC).
* Ohio State Key Players (2012 Stats): QB Braxton Miller (124 of 218 passing, 1,753 yards, 14 TDs, 6 INTs; 184 carries, 1,166 yards, 13 TDs), RB Carlos Hyde (144 carries, 737 yards, 13 TDs), RB Rod Smith (31 carries, 211 yards, 2 TDs), WR Jake Stoneburner (15 catches, 260 yards, 4 TDs), WR Philly Brown (48 catches, 526 yards, 2 TDs), WR Devin Smith (24 catches, 514 yards, 6 TDs), DB Christian Bryant (61 tackles, 1 INT), LB Etienne Sabino (37 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT), LB Ryan Shazier (98 tackles, 11-1/2 TFLs, 4 sacks, 1 INT), DE John Simon (38 tackles, 10-1/2 TFLs, 5 sacks), CB Bradley Roby (48 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INTs), CB Travis Howard (35 tackles, 4 INTs), DT Johnathan Hankins (50 tackles, 4 TFLs, 1 sack).
Ohio State Offense
LT 74 Jack Mewhort 6-6, 312, Jr.
76 Darryl Baldwin 6-5, 300, So.
LG 78 Andrew Norwell 6-6, 310, Jr.
73 Antonio Underwood 6-2, 306, So.
C 71 Corey Linsley 6-3, 295, Jr.
50 Jacoby Boren 6-2, 287, Fr.
RG 79 Marcus Hall 6-5, 315, Jr.
57 Chase Farris 6-4, 290, R-Fr.
RT 77 Reid Fragel 6-8, 310, Sr.
68 Taylor Decker 6-7, 313, Fr.
TE 86 Jeff Heuerman, 6-5, 250, So.
Or 81 Nick Vannett 6-6, 255, R-Fr.
WR (H) 11 Jake Stoneburner 6-5, 245, Sr.
80 Chris Fields 6-0, 197, Jr.
QB 5 Braxton Miller 6-2, 220, So.
13 Kenny Guiton 6-3, 210, Jr.
RB 34 Carlos Hyde, 6-0, 232, Jr.
2 Rod Smith, 6-3, 228, So.
WR (X) 15 Devin Smith 6-1, 200, So.
83 Michael Thomas 6-2, 198, Fr.
WR (Z) 10 Corey Brown 6-0, 187, Jr.
16 Evan Spencer 6-2, 205, So.
K 24 Drew Basil 6-1, 210, Jr.
39 Kyle Clinton 6-1, 215 So.
Ohio State Defense
LEO 54 John Simon 6-2, 263, Sr.
88 Steve Miller 6-3, 255, So.
Or 8 Noah Spence 6-3, 240, Fr.
DT 52 Johnathan Hankins 6-3, 322, Jr.
92 Adolphus Washington 6-3, 289, Fr.
Or 90 Tommy Schutt 6-2, 295, Fr.
NT 53 Garrett Goebel 6-4, 290, Sr.
51 Joel Hale 6-4, 295, So.
DE 43 Nathan Williams, 6-3, 249, Sr.
63 Michael Bennett 6-3, 285, So.
50 J.T. Moore 6-3, 260, So.
OLB 10 Ryan Shazier 6-2, 230, So.
36 Conner Crowell 6-1, 235, R-Fr.
5 Camren Williams, 6-2, 225, Fr.
MLB 44 Zach Boren, 6-1, 245, Sr.
32 Storm Klein, 6-2, 242, Sr.
14 Curtis Grant 6-3, 235, So.
OLB 6 Etienne Sabino, 6-3, 237, Sr.
37 Joshua Perry 6-4, 238, Fr.
25 David Perkins 6-2, 220, Fr.
CB 1 Bradley Roby 5-11, 190, So.
12 Doran Grant 5-11, 188, So.
SAF 2 Christian Bryant 5-10, 192, Jr.
19 Orhian Johnson 6-3, 210, Sr.
SAF 4 C.J. Barnett 6-1, 202, Jr.
3 Corey Brown 6-1, 198, Jr.
CB 7 Travis Howard 6-1, 200, Sr.
9 Adam Griffi n 5-8, 180, So.
P 17 Ben Buchanan 5-11, 192, Sr.
24 Drew Basil 6-1, 210, Jr.
LS 41 Bryce Haynes 6-4, 220, R-Fr.
or 56 George Makridis 6-2, 230, Jr.
QB 10 Curt Phillips (Sr.)
6 Danny O’Brien (Jr.)
RB 28 Montee Ball (Sr.)
20 James White (Jr.)
FB 34 Derek Watt (Fr.)
86 Sherard Cadogan (So.)
WR 4 Jared Abbrederis (Jr.)
89 Chase Hammond (So.)
WR 9 Jordan Fredrick (Fr.)
3 Kenzel Doe (So.)
TE 48 Jacob Pedersen (Jr.)
49 Sam Arneson (So.)
TE 85 Brian Wozniak (Jr.)
81 Brock DeCicco (Jr.)
LT 58 Rick Wagner (Sr.)
61 Tyler Marz (Fr.)
LG 79 Ryan Groy (Jr.)
73 Dallas Lewallen (So.)
C 72 Travis Frederick (Jr.)
70 Dan Voltz (Fr.)
RG 54 Kyle Costigan (So.)
75 Zac Matthias (Jr.)
RT 78 Rob Havenstein (So.)
64 Robert Burge (Sr.)
K (FG) 94 Kyle French (So.)
17 Jack Russell (Fr.)
DE 11 David Gilbert (Jr.)
74 Konrad Zagzebski (So.)
Or 51 Tyler Dippel (Jr.)
DT 96 Beau Allen (Jr.)
77 Bryce Gilbert (So.)
DT 87 Ethan Hemer (Jr.)
45 Warren Herring (So.)
DE 92 Pat Muldoon (Jr.)
97 Brendan Kelly (Sr.)
SLB 36 Ethan Armstrong (Jr.)
13 Conor O’Neill (Jr.)
MLB 44 Chris Borland (Jr.)
59 Marcus Trotter (So.)
WLB 53 Mike Taylor (Sr.)
30 Derek Landisch (So.)
CB 14 Marcus Cromartie (Sr.)
21 Peniel Jean (So.)
SS 24 Shelton Johnson (Sr.)
7 Michael Caputo (Fr.)
FS 12 Dezmen Southward (Jr.)
43 Michael Trotter (So.)
CB 10 Devin Smith (Sr.)
5 Darius Hillary (Fr.)
P 90 Drew Meyer (So.)
96 Stephen Salata (Fr.)
* Ohio State can claim the Leaders Division title outright with a win. Wisconsin has already secured the Leaders Division spot in the Big Ten title game and will be going for its third straight conference championship.
* The Buckeyes are one of four unbeaten teams nationally. Ohio State is joined by Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame (all 10-0).
* The Buckeyes have reached 10-0 to start a season for the 10th time. In two of those occasions (1954 and 1968), OSU ended the season 10-0.
Ohio State is 5-2 in games to get to 11-0. The wins were in 1975 over Michigan (21-14), 1979 over Michigan (18-15), 1995 over Indiana (42-3), 2002 over Purdue (10-6) and 2006 over Northwestern (54-10). The losses were to Michigan in 1996 (13-9) and to Illinois in 2007 (28-21).
This is the third team Meyer has led to a 10-0 start in his 11th year as a head coach. His 2004 Utah team finished 12-0, while his 2009 Florida team started 12-0 before finishing 13-1. Meyer has led six of his 11 teams to 10 wins or more.
Only two first-year OSU coaches have started 10-0. Carroll Widdoes was 9-0 in 1944 and eventually won his first 12 games before a loss. Earle Bruce posted an 11-0 record to open the 1979 before a Rose Bowl loss to USC.
* Meyer’s teams are 71-14 when ranked.
* Meyer’s teams are 32-2 coming off an open week. OSU is 13-9 after open weeks.
* OSU is 39 of 44 this season on scoring chances in the red zone. That includes 35 touchdowns and four field goals.
* Braxton Miller became the first OSU quarterback to ever rush for 1,000 yards in a single-season in the win over Penn State. He joins Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Indiana’s Antwann Randle-El is the only ones to ever do it in the Big Ten.
This is the 27th time in school history an OSU player has rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season. He is the 20th different Buckeye to do it and the first since Beanie Wells in 2008. With 1,166 yards, Miller stands 21st on OSU’s single-season rushing list.
Miller has nine career 100-yard rushing games, including six this year. Carlos Hyde had two last year and has three so far this year.
* The Buckeyes have had 27 70-yard drives this season – 18 more than the nine they had all last season.
* Wisconsin will honor nine seniors as part of Senior Day on Saturday. The Badgers are 6-0 on Senior Day
under Bret Bielema, and this year’s senior class can tie the program record for most wins in a four-year
span with a victory Saturday. They enter this game at 39-11.
* Wisconsin RB Montee Ball needs one touchdown to match the NCAA career record of 78 set by Miami (Ohio) RB Travis Prentice. Ball has scored 13 TDs in his last six games. Two TDs by Ball would make UW the home of the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher (1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne) and its all-time leading touchdown scorer.
* The Badgers have won 17 Big Ten games since the start of the 2010 season, the most of any league school. Ohio State ranks No. 2 with 16 conference wins in that span.
* Wisconsin has won 10 straight home games in the month of November, dating back to 2005. Wisconsin is 10-0 under Bielema at Camp Randall in November and has scored at least 35 points in nine of those 10 games.
Breaking It Down
* When Ohio State Has The Ball: It will be strength-on-strength with Ohio State’s running game (second in the Big Ten, 256.1 ypg) going against Wisconsin’s stingy run defense (first in Big Ten, 103.4 ypg). OSU rolled up 330 yards rushing in its last outing against Illinois. QB Braxton Miller and RB Carlos Hyde are both a threat to go over 100 yards in any game the Buckeyes play.
But Wisconsin, led by LBs Chris Borland and Mike Taylor has done a good job in keeping ground gains to a minimum. They have only allowed five rushing touchdowns all season. OSU must establish the run, however, to be successful.
Miller had one of his best days passing against Illinois, completing 12 of 20 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Miller’s top receivers, Devin Smith and Philly Brown, have been quiet in recent weeks, though, with a combined 10 catches in the last three games. This would be a good game to get them going again. Wisconsin is seventh in the Big Ten in pass defense (206.2 ypg).
* When Wisconsin Has The Ball: The Badgers rolled up 564 yards rushing (and 605 yards total offense) in last week’s 62-14 steamrolling of host Indiana. RBs Montee Ball and James White are each capable of a 100-yard game at any time. This is also strength on strength as OSU’s run defense is second in the Big Ten (107.9 ypg) and UW’s run offense is fourth in the conference (218.8 ypg).
The Buckeyes get LB Etienne Sabino back and not a minute too soon. He and his linebacker mates, Ryan Shazier and Zach Boren, will have their hands full keeping Ball and White from breaking loose for a big gainer.
Curt Phillips became UW’s third starting quarterback after Danny O’Brien flamed out early and Joel Stave was lost for the season with an injury. With the ground game working, Phillips attempted just seven passes at Indiana and completed four of them for 41 yards and a touchdown. OSU’s pass defense has improved and the big plays have been fewer and fewer in recent weeks. The Buckeyes, led by DE John Simon, will want to try and get after Phillips in passing downs and make him make a mistake.
* How It Will Go: When Wisconsin upset No. 1 OSU in 2010 in Madison, the Badgers won the battle up front on both sides of the ball. (Well, that, and lightning fast David Gilreath returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown.) The Buckeyes must find a way to continue their outstanding play of the last several weeks up front.
Miller should be the best player on the field and it will be on him to make plays running and throwing. He leads the Big Ten in total offense (291.9 ypg). If he can approach 250 yards combined, the Buckeyes should be in great shape.
As illustrated above, Camp Randall Stadium is one of the toughest places to play in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is 44-4 in home games – including 10-0 in November home games – under Bielema. UW’s seniors will say their farewells as well, including Ball who could take sole possession of the NCAA FBS career touchdown leader with two touchdowns.
This should be another one of those great Big Ten slobberknockers that we’ve seen between these two so many times in the past.
Here’s a stat: Wisconsin’s three losses this season have each come by a margin of three points (nine total points). Make it four three-point losses (maybe on a late Drew Basil field goal). I’ve got it Ohio State 27-24
* For The Record: I am 10-0 straight-up and 5-5 against-the-spread with Ohio State. (Wisconsin is listed as a 2-1/2 point favorite over Ohio State.)
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