By the numbers: How many Ohio State vs. Wisconsin games have been decided by one score?

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio State football isofficially heading into Big Ten play.

After earning three wins against Notre Dame, Arkansas State and Toledo, the Buckeyes have closed the page on their non-conference schedule and will open its Big Ten slate 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Wisconsin.

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Here's a look at what numbers define Ohio State's matchup with the Badgers.

5: Games decided by a touchdown or less in Ohio State's eight-game win streak against Wisconsin

The last eight matchups between Ohio State and Wisconsin have ended the same way: a Buckeyes win. But the Badgers usually keep things close with Ohio State.

Five of the last eight Ohio State victories have been decided by seven points or less, including home wins against Wisconsin in 2011 and 2013, wins in Madison in 2012 and 2016 and the Buckeyes' Big Ten Championship win in 2017.

Ohio State's last two wins have been a bit more decisive, outscoring the Badgers 72-28 in both of their meetings in 2019.

2018: Last time Ohio State lost to a Big Ten West team

Ohio State's eight-game win streak against Wisconsin is not the only win streak on the line Saturday night.

The Buckeyes have won each of their last 11 matchups against Big Ten West opponents, including two Big Ten Championship wins.

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Ohio State's last loss against a Big Ten West opponent came on the road against Purdue in 2018, falling to the Boilermakers 49-20 in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Buckeyes later beat Nebraska and Northwestern in 2018 to start its current streak.

4.4: Yards per play Wisconsin's defense has allowed in 2022

Ohio State hasn't seen a caliber of defense like Wisconsin so far in 2022.

Through their first three games against Illinois State, Washington State and New Mexico State, the Badgers have allowed 24 total points with opposing offenses averaging 246 yards per game and 4.4 yards per play.

Wisconsin brings in the No. 8 scoring defense and the No. 12 total defense into Ohio Stadium Saturday night.

0: Wisconsin wide receivers with more than nine receptions

Quarterback Graham Mertz has done his fair share for the Badgers' offense, completing 71% of his passes for 697 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions.

In the Wisconsin passing game, Mertz spreads the ball around very evenly. No Badgers receiver has more than nine receptions this season. Chimere Dike leads the team with nine receptions for 172 yards and a touchdown, while Skyler Bell and Clay Cundiff each have eight receptions and two touchdowns.

Thirteen members of Wisconsin's offense have at least one reception this season compared to Ohio State's 10.

13: Quarterbacks in FBS, including C.J. Stroud, that have not thrown an interception

C.J. Stroud comes into Big Ten play without one turnover this season.

The Ohio State quarterback is one of 13 quarterbacks who have not thrown an interception during the 2022 season, along with USC's Caleb Williams, Georgia's Stetson Bennett and Oklahoma's Dillon Gabriel.

Sep 17, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Donovan Jackson (74) blocks for Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) during Saturday's NCAA Division I football game against the Toledo Rockets at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Barbara Perenic/Columbus Dispatch

Out of those 13 quarterbacks, Stroud leads the way with 11 passing touchdown, two more than James Madison's Todd Ceneio.

Through the first three games of the season, Wisconsin has seven interceptions from seven different players and one forced fumble.

2.6: Yards per carry opponents average against Ohio State's defense

Jim Knowles' defense has shut down the run game of the first three offenses he has faced.

Norte Dame, Arkansas State and Toledo have averaged 84.3 rushing yards against the Ohio State defense, recording 2.6 yards per carry with two touchdowns: a one-yard run by Notre Dame running back Audric Estime and a 23-yard score from Toledo quarterback Dequan Finn.

Running back Braelon Allen is at the center of Wisconsin's offensive game plan, averaging 6.6 yards each time he touches the ball with five touchdowns.

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