Jody Victor: This Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at 7 p.m. ET, Ohio State (6-0. 2-0) will play Wisconsin (5-1, 1-1) at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. The game will be televised on ESPN and ESPN3D. In the meantime here are some facts and stats from osu.edu.
* Ohio State is riding a 12-game win streak dating to last season, the second-longest among FBS teams behind Boise State (19)
* OSU leads the Big Ten in turnover margin (+1.67), forcing 17 and committing just seven
* The Buckeyes have won 39 of their last 43 Big Ten games and have won their last eight Big Ten road games against AP Top 25 opponents
* Coach Jim Tressel (235 wins) is the second-winningest active FBS coach behind Penn State's Joe Paterno (397)
* Jim Tressel won his 100th win at Ohio State last Saturday against the Hoosiers
* Ohio State is 199-78-10 (.709) all-time in big Ten road games and 29-8 (.783) in Big Ten road games under Tressel
* Ohio State is 32-35 (.910) in the red zone this season, 12th best in the nation
Ohio State is the new No. 1 in the Associated Press, USA Today and Harris college football polls. The Buckeyes moved up one spot in the Top 25 after preseason No.1 Alabama lost for the first time this season, 35-21, at South Carolina. Ohio State received 34 first-place votes in the AP and 49 in the Coaches. The last time Ohio State was No. 1 was the final regular season poll of 2007.
For the second time in three weeks, Ohio State junior Terrelle Pryor was honored by the Big Ten Conference as the co-offensive player of the week. Pryor passed for a personal-best 334 yards and set a career-high with 24 completions in the 38-10 win over Indiana. Pryor shared the offensive honor with Wisconsin running back John Clay, who rushed for 111 yards and scored three times to lead the Badgers to a 41-23 win over Minnesota.
The No. 18/16 Badgers are 5-1 and 1-1 in the Big Ten after their 41-23 win over Minnesota last Saturday in Madison. Their only setback was a 34-24 loss at undefeated Michigan State Oct. 2. They also have posted wins at UNLV (41-21) and at home against San Jose State (27-14), Arizona State (20-19) and Austin Peay (70-3).
Wisconsin features a powerful rushing attach with the duo of junior John Clay and freshman James White. They rank 11th nationally with 240.8 yards per game on the ground with Clay 14th in the NCAA with 115.3 ypg to go along with nine touchdowns. White has seen more playing time of late and has 216 yards and four touchdowns through two conference games. He ranks fourth among Big Ten running backs in yards per game in conference play.
As a team, the Badgers are scoring 37.1 points per game, third best in the Big Ten, and giving up 19.0 points per game. Their rushing defense ranks third in the Big Ten at 108.2 ypg allowed.
Bret Bielema (Iowas, 1992) is in his fifth season as the head coach with a 43-15 record entering Saturday's game. He has led the Badgers to bowl appearances all four seasons, including a victory over Miami (FL) in the Champs Sports Bowl last season.
The series between the Buckeyes and the Badgers, which dates back to 1913, shows Ohio State with a 53-17-5 lead. In games played in Columbus, the Buckeyes lead 29-7-3. In games played in Madison, the Buckeyes lead 24-10-2. Ohio State has an 8-5-1 advantage over the last 14 meetings(back through 1980). The Buckeyes have won the last three meetings between the squads.