Ohio State-Wisconsin preview


Who: Ohio State (4-0, 0-0 Big Ten) vs. Wisconsin (3-1, 1-0)

Where: Ohio Stadium

When: 8 p.m.

TV/Radio: ABC/1410

Series notes: The Buckeyes have an overall 55-17-5 record against the Badgers. They went 30-1-2 from 1948-80 and have gone 16-11-1 since then.

Stat pack: OSU QB Braxton Miller 17-of-24 passing, 208 yards, 2 TDs, 1 int.; QB Kenny Guiton 65-of-95, 664 yards, 13 TDs, 2 ints.; RB Jordan Hall 422 rush yards, 68 carries, 6.2 avg., 8 TDs; WR Devin Smith 16 catches, 281 yards, 4 TDs; WR Corey Brown 16 catches, 169 yards, 3 TDs.

Wisconsin QB Joel Stave 60-of-95, 761 yards, 6 TDs, 3 ints; RB Melvin Gordon 624 yards, 53 carries, 11.8 avg., 7 TDs; RB James White 442 yards, 61 carries, 7.2 avg., 3 TDs; WR Jared Abbrederis 23 catches, 365 yards, 3 TDs.

Local flavor: Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland, an Alter grad, was first-team All-Big Ten last year and picked by SportsIllustrated.com as a preseason second-team All-American. He has 30 tackles with one sack.

“He’s a tremendous leader. He is a catalyst for that front seven,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said. “He leads by example with the way he lives his life and the way he practices every day, and that’s great for every kid in this program — especially for the youth because they can see a great player and what it means to him.”

Sophomore A.J. Jordan (Trotwood-Madison) notched two tackles against Purdue last week and saw action in the team’s other three games.

Rose Bowl run: The Badgers have played in the last three Rose Bowls. All three games were narrow defeats. They lost to TCU, 21-19; Oregon, 45-38; and Stanford, 20-14. The Big Ten’s last Rose Bowl win came after the 2009 season when Ohio State beat Oregon, 26-17.

Streaking: The Buckeyes have the longest winning streak in the nation at 16 games. The school record is 22, which was set from 1967-69. They also have two streaks of 19 (2005-06 and 2002-03) and one of 17 (1915-17).

Friend against friend: Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen was an assistant under Ohio State coach Urban Meyer in 2004 at Utah, which went undefeated that year.

Nine other former Meyer assistants became FBS head coaches. This will be the fourth time one has squared off against his ex-boss. At Florida, Meyer split two games with Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. He beat Illinois coach Tim Beckman last year.

Prediction: Ohio State 35, Wisconsin 21

— Doug Harris, staff writer


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