September 30, 2008

Inside the numbers: Ohio State

MADISON, Wis. - No team in Big Ten history has ever started the conference schedule with consecutive games against Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. At least not until the 2008 UW football team was harnessed with the daunting task. After their crushing defeat to the Wolverines, the Badgers have no time to waste as the Buckeyes come roaring into Madison for Saturday night's showdown.

The following is an inside the numbers look at the UW-OSU match-up:

16: Consecutive wins the Badgers have recorded at Camp Randall Stadium. The streak marks the second-longest home winning streak in school history, second only to the 25 straight wins from 1900 to 1903.

21.3: During the home winning streak, UW has outscored opponents by 21.3 points per game. Offense usually is not a problem for the Badgers at home, they have averaged 34.9 points per game during the streak.

6-3: Ohio State's record in Big Ten night games under Jim Tressel on the road.

6-0: Badger record in all night games since head coach Bret Bielema took over in 2006. Overall, UW has won 21 of 22 night games which features a current streak of 11 in a row under the lights.

4: Of the last 7 meetings between the Buckeyes and Badgers, UW has won 7. That 4-3 record for Wisconsin makes them the only team in the Big Ten with a winning record against Tressel led OSU teams.

6-5-1: But, the Buckeyes hold the slight edge over the teams last 12 meetings overall.

19: The last time the Buckeyes came to Camp Randall Stadium, the Badgers ended OSU's 19 game winning streak.

16th: UW's rank nationally in pass efficiency defense. So far, the Badgers have held opponents to 196.8 passing yards while intercepting 6 passes.

1st: OSU's ranks first in the Big Ten in total defense (251.8 yards per game), pass defense (156.6 ypg) and punt return average (1.7 yards per return).

6.6: Yards UW averages on punt returns so far in 2008.

31.4: David Gilreath's average on kickoff returns, good enough to lead the conference and ninth in the country.

5: OSU forces opponents into an average of five three and outs per game. Against Michigan, the Badgers had five, not including shortened drives resulting in turnovers.

20th: The Buckeyes rank 20th in the nation in turnover margin, averaging more than 1 per game.

45-15: Ohio State has outscored opponents by this margin in the fourth quarter so far in 2008.

26-27: After the Wolverines scored 20 points in the fourth quarter last weekend, UW has now been outscored by opponents in the final frame.

43: Senior Kraig Urbik has started every game (43) of his career.

218.5: The Badgers rush for, on average, 218.5 yards per game. That number is good enough for 15th in the country.

95.2: Number Ohio State has held opponents to in rushing per game, making for an interesting match up Saturday night.

166: Yards OSU phenom Chris Wells rushed for against UW last season. He also scored 3 touchdowns to help the Buckeyes win 38-17.

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