The No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers (8-2 overall, 5-2 B1G) take on the Purdue Boilermakers (4-6 overall, 3-4 B1G) Saturday afternoon for the Badgers Senior Day. Fun! It may also be Jonathan Taylor’s last home game in a Wisconsin uniform. Less fun!
Wisconsin, thanks to Minnesota losing to Iowa last week, is in control of their season again and can win the division if they win their last two regular season games. Purdue needs to win their last two games in order to become bowl eligible. The stakes are high, baby!
Taylor ran for over 300 yards last year against Purdue and he’ll be looking to add to his postseason awards bonafides with another big game against the Boilermakers. Wisconsin will also look to get the defense back on track after a few weeks of suspect tackling.
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Purdue fans are not optimistic about their chances heading into Saturday, but Purdue gave the Badgers fits last year and Wisconsin has also already lost to an Illinois team that they were supposed to beat by 20-plus points. Sooooo, can’t take any games for granted.
How to watch/listen
TV: FOX, 3:00 p.m. CT, Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey
Radio: Badger Sports Network (iHeartRadio), Satellite: Sirius 83 or XM 83, Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher, Patrick Herb
Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium
Weather: Madison, Wisconsin
Line: Wisconsin -24
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- Wisconsin has won 13 straight meetings with the Boilermakers — the longest streak by either team in a series that dates to 1892 — including six straight games in Madison.
- This is the third longest active win streak between B1G rivals, behind Michigan and Ohio State who have 23 and 24 game win streaks, respectively, over Indiana.
- UW’s win streak dates back to a thrilling 20-17 victory on Oct. 16, 2004, in West Lafayette. Hmmm, what happened in that game again?
- Wisconsin leads in the series 49-29-8 all-time.
- The Badgers will honor their 13-man senior class prior to kickoff Saturday at Camp Randall as part of their Senior Day festivities: P Connor Allen, OLB Zack Baun, OL Jason Erdmann, K Zach Hintze, OLB Tyler Johnson, P Anthony Lotti, OL David Moorman, ILB Chris Orr, DE David Pfaff, NT Gunnar Roberge, RB Bradrick Shaw, WR A.J. Taylor and ILB Travis Wiltjer.
- Wisconsin wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore served in the same capacity at Purdue from 2001- 02 under the late Joe Tiller, mentoring receivers John Standeford and Taylor Stubblefield, who both went on to play in the NFL.
- Wisconsin has three players from Indiana on their roster: OLB Noah Burks (Carmel, Ind.), RB Isaac Guerendo (Clayton, Ind.), OT Joe Tippmann (Fort Wayne, Ind.)
- With 21 total TDs, Heisman Trophy contender Jonathan Taylor is the nation’s leading scorer, at 12.6 points per game, and ranks second nationally in rushing, at 146.3 yards per game on the heels of back-to-back 200-yard performances against Iowa and Nebraska.
- Redshirt or true freshmen top the Boilermakers or share the team lead in a bushel basket of statistical categories, including rushing yards (King Doerue), passing yards (Jack Plummer), receptions (David Bell), receiving yards (Bell), total offense (Plummer), all-purpose yards (Bell), tackles for loss (George Karlaftis), sacks (Karlaftis) and interceptions (Cory Trice).
- Sophomore quarterback Aidan O’Connell has engineered game-winning drives late in the fourth quarter of Purdue’s last two games.