The B1G West division champion and No. 8 ranked Wisconsin Badgers (10-2 overall, 7-2 B1G) are preparing for their new biggest game of the season against the best dang team in the country.
The No. 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0 overall, 9-0 B1G) won the B1G East with very few problems this year. Hell, they’ve already taken the Badgers to the cleaners this year! But, it is hard to beat the same team twice in one year...or so they say. The Buckeyes are good. Like, really good.
Ohio State has the No. 1 ranked total defense in the country and the No. 5 ranked total offense and has three legitimate Heisman Trophy contenders, including B1G Player of the Year Chase Young and...well, you get the point.
Wisconsin is going to need to be aggressive and empty out the playbook if they’re going to have a chance, but strangers things have happened, right?
How to watch/listen
TV: FOX, 7:00 p.m. CT, Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft
Streaming: FOX Sports App
Stadium: Lucas Oil Stadium
Weather: Indianapolis, Indiana (the game is in a dome, but here’s the weather for your pregame wanderings)
Line: Wisconsin +16.5
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- Ohio State is 1-0 against Wisconsin this year.
- For the third time in six years, West Division champion Wisconsin and East Division champion Ohio State will meet in Indianapolis to decide the Big Ten title.
- The Badgers are set to make their sixth appearance in the Big Ten Football Championship Game, the most of any team in the event’s nine-year history.
- The Badgers won the first two Big Ten title tilts in 2011 and 2012 but have lost their last three trips to Indianapolis, including match ups with Ohio State in 2014 and 2017.
- UW seeks its 15th Big Ten title, and first since winning three straight from 2010-12.
- Ohio State has won the last seven meetings between the teams. The Buckeyes have claimed 10 of the last 11 since the Badgers scored back-to-back wins in the series in 2003 and 2004.
- UW is in search of its first win over Ohio State since knocking off the top-ranked Buckeyes in 2010.
- Saturday’s game marks the fifth consecutive meeting in which both teams are ranked among top-15 of the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
- Wisconsin OC Joe Rudolph’s coaching career began at Ohio State, where he spent three seasons as a graduate assistant (2004-05) and strength and conditioning coordinator (2006).
- Wisconsin’s roster features six Ohio natives: junior TE Seth Currens (Pickerington), junior WR Danny Davis (Springfield), freshman FB Quan Easterling (Akron), freshman DE Rodas Johnson (Columbus), redshirt freshman DE Isaiah Mullens (Columbus), redshirt freshman QB Chase Wolf (Cincinnati).
- The last time Wisconsin scored a win over an Ohio State team ranked in the top-three of the AP poll away from Madison (Nov. 16, 1985) current coach Paul Chryst was a sophomore quarterback at UW.
- The Buckeyes’ 37 Big Ten titles is second most of any conference school and fourth most nationally.
- Ohio State and Wisconsin are the Big Ten’s winningest programs over the last decade. The Buckeyes are 104-17 in that span while the Badgers are 101-32.
- Ohio State’s average of 18.7 points in the second quarter is the best in the country and nearly three points better then the next-best team (LSU, 16.7). The Buckeyes have out gained opponents 2,149-604 in the second quarter.