WISCONSIN: A CLOSER LOOK
Record: 7-2 (3-2 Big Ten)
Coach: Bret Bielema (56-18, sixth season)
Badgers at a glance: Wisconsin had BCS championship aspirations until losing successive games at Michigan State and Ohio State. The Badgers lost at Michigan State as time expired, then lost at OSU on a TD pass with 20 seconds to play. Wisconsin has scored at least 48 points in six of its victories, and had 35 in the other.
Topping the charts: Wisconsin leads the Big Ten in scoring offense, total offense, rushing offense, passing offense and passing efficiency. The Gophers are either 11th or 12th in the Big Ten in each of those categories.
Wilson leaderboard: QB Russell Wilson leads the nation in passing efficiency, yards per attempt (11.1), yards per completion (15.5), yards per play (10.1) and consecutive games (33) with at least one TD pass.
Paul Bunyan's Axe: The annual trophy that goes to the winner of this rival game has resided in Madison seven years in a row since the Gophers' last victory over Wisconsin in 2003.
Did you know? Warning -- this is going to be painful for Gophers fans, who might want to stop reading now. The Badgers have played in a bowl game and the NCAA men's basketball every season since the 2002-03 academic year. No other Division I school can make that claim.