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Big Ten Championship: What you need to know about Ohio State-Wisconsin matchup

Ohio State’s Justin Fields runs for a touchdown in the third quarter against Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Ohio State’s Justin Fields runs for a touchdown in the third quarter against Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

Who: No. 10 Wisconsin (10-2, 7-2) at No. 2 Ohio State (12-0, 9-0)

When: 8 p.m., Saturday

Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.

TV/Radio: Fox/1410

Series history: Ohio State leads 60-18-5 and has won seven in a row. The Buckeyes are 2-0 against the Badgers in the Big Ten Championship game with a 59-0 win in 2014 and a 27-21 win in 2017.

Last game: J.K. Dobbins ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns as Ohio State pulled away late for a 38-7 win in Columbus on Oct. 26. Dobbins and backup Master Teague both outrushed Wisconsin star Jonathan Taylor, who managed just 52 yards on the ground while Teague had 76.

Coaches: Ohio State's Ryan Day is 15-0, including a 3-0 mark last season as interim coach of the Buckeyes. The Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year is 10-0 in Big Ten games. Wisconsin's Paul Chryst is 52-14 in five season at Wisconsin and 71-33 overall including three seasons at Pittsburgh.

Ohio State notes: The Buckeyes are in the Big Ten Championship game for the fifth time, including three in a row. They have won their last three (2014, '17, '18) after dropping their first appearance in 2013 against Michigan State… Ohio State leads the nation in scoring (49.9 points per game) and is No. 4 in scoring defense (11.8)…The Buckeyes lead the nation in yards allowed per play (3.73)… J.K. Dobbins is fourth in the NCAA with 1,657 yards rushing… Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Chase Young leads the nation with 1.65 sacks per game… Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Justin Fields has 37 touchdown passes, 13 shy of Dwayne Haskins' school record set last season.

Wisconsin notes: The Badgers are playing in their record sixth Big Ten Championship game. They won the first two and have lost the three since… Wisconsin is sixth in the country in total defense and seventh against the run… The Badgers are ninth in points allowed per game (14.6)…Junior running back Jonathan Taylor is second in the nation with 1,761 yards rushing… Junior receiver Danny Davis III of Springfield is one of six Ohioans on the roster, joining quarterback Chase Wolf (Cincinnati St. Xavier), tight end Seth Current (Pickerington Central), fullback Quan Easterling (Akron Hoban) and defensive ends Rodas Johnson (Columbus DeSales) and Isaiah Mullens (Canal Winchester Harvest Prep).

Quotable: Chryst on the first game: "They did everything to win the game. What stands out to me is they made plays when it mattered most. Offensively we really didn't get a lot going, and defensively they've got a lot of weapons and they played well. It's a really, really good football team."

Next game: The winner will play in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 unless picked for the College Football Playoff. The loser can also expect a bid to a major bowl, possibly the Rose. Those things will be sorted out Sunday afternoon.

Prediction: Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 17