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The Series History: Wisconsin

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December 7, 2019 at 9:30am
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WisconsinOhio State leads the overall series 60–18–5.
THE SERIES HISTORY CRIB NOTES
  • Ohio State has won seven consecutive and ten of the last eleven games played against the Badgers.
  • This will be the 20th time Ohio State and Wisconsin have faced each other as ranked opponents.
  • Including today's game, both teams have been ranked in six of the last eight contests in the series.
  • 2010 was the last time Wisconsin defeated Ohio State.
  • The last time the Badgers defeated the Buckeyes in Indianapolis was...never.

THE LAST TEN AGAINST WISCONSIN

The Buckeyes are 9–1 in the last ten games against Wisconsin. Ohio State has outscored the Badgers 312-179 in those games.

OHIO STATE'S RECORD VERSUS THE BADGERS WHEN BOTH TEAMS ARE RANKED

Ohio State is 11–5–2 against Wisconsin when both teams are ranked. The Buckeyes have won six, lost three and tied once over the last ten games against the Badgers in this scenario.
 

LAST TEN GAMES VERSUS WISCONSIN
YEAR LOCATION SCORE
2019 H 38-7
2017 N 27-21
2016 A 30-23 OT
2014 N 59-0
2013 H 31-24
2012 A 21-14 OT
2011 H 33-29
2010 A 18-31
2009 H 31-13
2008 A 20-17
     
TOTAL 9–1 308-179
ALL-TIME RESULTS BY DIFFERENT CATEGORIES

Below you will find a crap load of stats and records compiled using The Ohio State Media Guide.
 

OHIO STATE ALL-TIME VERSUS WISCONSIN
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 60–18–5 .753 1,920-1,059 23-13
HOME 31–7–3 .793 1,073-516 26-13
AWAY 27–11–2 .700 761-522 19-13
NEUTRAL 2–0 1.000 86-21 43-11

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 13–5–2 .700 483-286 24-14
HOME 6–1–1 .813 225-104 28-13
AWAY 5–4–1 .550 172-161 17-16
NEUTRAL 2–0 1.000 86-21 43-11

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS NOT RANKED
  RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 27–7–1 .786 987-463 28-13
HOME 15–3 .833 602-233 33-13
AWAY 12–4–1 .735 385-230 23-14

 

OHIO STATE'S RECORD VERSUS WISCONSIN BY DECADE
DECADE OVERALL WIN %   HOME WIN %   AWAY WIN %   NEUTRAL WIN %
2010s 7–1 .875   3–0 1.000   2–1 .667   2–0 1.000
2000s 5–3 .625   2–2 .500   3–1 .750      
1990s 5–2–1 .688   3–1 .750   2–1–1 .625      
1980s 5–5 .500   3–2 .600   2–3 .400      
1970s 10–0 1.000   5–0 1.000   5–0 1.000      
1960s 10–0 1.000   6–0 1.000   4–0 1.000      
1950s 7–1–2 .800   4–0–1 .900   3–1–1 .700      
1940s 5–2 .714   3–0 1.000   2–2 .500      
1930s 2–0–2 .750   0–0–2 .500   2–0 1.000      
1920s 1–0 1.000   1–0 1.000            
1910s 3–4 .429   1–2 .333   2–2 .500      
                       
TOTAL 59–18-5 .750   30–7–3 .788   27–11–2 .700   2–0 1.000

 

LAST TEN GAMES VERSUS WISCONSIN
LAST TEN RECORD WIN % POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 9–1 .900 308-179 31-18
HOME 7–3 .700 259-193 26-19
AWAY 6–3–1 .650 198-173 20-17

 

Bosa and Hornibrook
ALL-TIME RESULTS BY YEAR
 
2010 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK UW RANK
2019 H 38-7 No. 3 No. 13
2017 N 27-21 No. 8 No. 3
2016 A 30-23 OT No. 2 No. 3
2014 N 59-0 No. 5 No. 13
2013 H 31-24 No. 3 No. 23
2012 A 21-14 OT No. 6  
2011 H 33-29   No. 15
2010 A 18-31 No. 1 No. 18

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 7–1 257-149 32-19
HOME 3–0 102-60 34-20
AWAY 2–1 69-68 23-23
NEUTRAL 2–0 86-21 43-11

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–1 203-106 34-18
HOME 2–0 31-24 35-16
AWAY 1–1 48-54 24-27
NEUTRAL 2–0 86-21 43-11

Two years ago, No. 8 Ohio State defeated No. 3 Wisconsin 27-21 to win the Big Ten Championship. The win marked the sixth straight for the Buckeyes in this series. It also earned Ohio State its 36th Big Ten title.

Five of the last six games in this series have been decided by seven points or less. The Buckeyes have not lost to the Badgers in Columbus since 2004.

2017
2000 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK UW RANK
2009 H 31-13 No. 9  
2008 A 20-17 No. 14 No. 18
2007 H 38-17 No. 1  
2004 H 13-24 No. 18 No. 15
2003 A 10-17 No. 3 No. 23
2002 A 19-14 No. 4  
2001 H 17-20 No. 21  
2000 A 23-7 No. 7 No. 22

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–3 171-129 21-16
HOME 2–2 99-74 25-19
AWAY 3–1 72-55 18-14

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 2–2 66-65 17-16
HOME 0–1 13-24 13-24
AWAY 2–1 53-41 18-14

Between 2001 and 2004, Barry Alvarez and the Badgers had the Buckeyes' number. All three Wisconsin wins came in that time span. In 2007, Ohio State righted the ship and has won eight of the last nine in the series.

Reynolds choke
1990 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK TTUN RANK
1999 H 17-42 No. 12  
1996 H 17-14 No. 2  
1995 A 27-16 No. 4 No. 21
1994 H 24-3    
1993 A 14-14 No. 3 No. 15
1992 A 16-20 No. 12  
1991 H 31-16 No. 14  
1990 A 35-10 No. 21  

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–2–1 181-135 23-17
HOME 3–1 89-75 22-19
AWAY 2–1–1 92-60 23-15

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–0–1 41-30 21-15
HOME      
AWAY 1–0–1 41-30 21-15

The Buckeyes took the '90s, but the tie in 1993 stung third-ranked Ohio State. The most points the Badgers have scored against the Buckeyes occurred in 1999 when Wisconsin hung 42 on Ohio State. 

1995
1980 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK UW RANK
1989 H 42-22 No. 22  
1988 H 34-12    
1987 A 24-26    
1986 A 30-17 No. 9  
1985 H 7-12 No. 3  
1984 A 14-16 No. 6  
1983 H 45-27 No. 16  
1982 H 0-6    
1981 A 21-24 No. 18  
1980 A 21-0 No. 10  

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–5 238-162 24-16
HOME 3–2 128-79 26-16
AWAY 2–3 110-83 22-17

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL DNP    
HOME DNP    
AWAY DNP    

Earle Bruce had a hard time against unranked Wisconsin teams as he finished 4–4 against the Badgers. The 21-24 loss in 1981 ended Ohio State's 21-game winning streak over Wisconsin. It marked the first time the Scarlet and Gray lost a game in the series since 1959.

Odd fact, Bruce's Buckeyes never faced a ranked team from Madison. 

2016
1970 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK UW RANK
1979 H 59-0 No. 6  
1978 A 49-14    
1977 H 42-0 No. 3  
1976 A 30-20 No. 9  
1975 H 56-0 No. 1  
1974 H 52-7 No. 1 No. 13
1973 A 24-0 No. 1  
1972 A 28-20 No. 4  
1971 H 31-6 No. 12  
1970 A 24-7 No. 3  

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 10–0 395-74 40-7
HOME 5–0 240-13 48-3
AWAY 5–0 155-61 31-12

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–0 52-7 52-7
HOME 1–0 52-7 52-7
AWAY      

Two decades of dominance. After Woody Hayes lost to Wisconsin in 1959, he vowed to never lose to them again. He lived up to his promise as he finished his career with 19-straight wins in the series.

The best Badger team Ohio State faced in the '70s was in 1974. The top ranked Buckeyes blasted No. 13 Wisconsin 52-7. 

Cardale Jones
1960 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK UW RANK
1969 H 62-7 No. 1  
1968 A 43-8 No. 2  
1967 H 17-15    
1966 H 24-13    
1965 A 20-10    
1964 H 28-3 No. 1  
1963 A 13-10   No. 2
1962 H 14-7   No. 5
1961 A 30-21 No. 6  
1960 H 34-7 No. 9 No. 11

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 10–0 285-101 29-10
HOME 6–0 179-52 30-9
AWAY 4–0 106-49 27-12

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–0 34-7 34-7
HOME 1–0 34-7 34-7
AWAY      

In 1962 and 1963 Wisconsin was ranked No. 5 and No. 2 respectively. The Badgers were facing unranked Ohio State teams and were expected to win. THe Buckeyes ruined those Badger seasons with by downing Milt Bruhn's teams by score 14-7 and 13-10.

The 62 points scored by Ohio State's 1969 team is the most by either team in the series.

2014
1950 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK UW RANK
1959 A 3-12 No. 20 No. 12
1958 H 7-7 No. 2 No. 13
1957 A 16-13 No. 12  
1956 H 21-0 No. 9  
1955 A 26-16   No. 15
1954 H 31-14 No. 4 No. 2
1953 A 20-19    
1952 H 23-14   No. 1
1951 A 6-6 No. 9  
1950 H 19-14 No. 2 No. 15

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 7–1–2 172-115 17-12
HOME 4–0–1 101-49 20-10
AWAY 3–1–1 71-66 14-13

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 2–1–1 60-47 15-12
HOME 2–0–1 57-35 19-12
AWAY 0–1 3-12 3-12

In 1951, Woody Hayes started his career at Ohio State. The third game of that season had the team traveling to Madison and the ninth ranked Buckeyes left with a 6-6 tie. 

Hayes finished his career with a ridiculous 25–1–2 (.959) record against Wisconsin.  

2017
1940 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE OSU RANK UW RANK
1949 A 21-0    
1948 H 34-32    
1946 A 7-20 No. 14  
1945 H 12-0 No. 4  
1944 A 20-7 No. 8 No. 19
1942 A 7-17 No. 1 No. 6
1941 H 46-34 No. 20  

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 5–2 147-110 21-16
HOME 3–0 92-66 31-22
AWAY 2–2 55-44 14-11

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–1 27-24 14-12
HOME      
AWAY 1–1 27-24 14-12


The Buckeyes and Badgers had some epic battles in the 1940s. Wisconsin almost ruined Ohio State's championship season of 1942 by beating Paul Brown's talented team 17-7 in Madison. Fortunately for the Buckeyes, Wisconsin lost to Iowa the following week and opened the door for Ohio State to claim the Big Ten title due to percentage points.  

In 1946, Paul Bixler lost his only game against Wisconsin and is the only Ohio State coach to have a losing record against the Badgers.

Sarringhaus 1942
1930 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE
1933 A 6-0
1932 H 7-7
1931 A 6-0
1930 H 0-0

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 2–0–2 19-7 5-2
HOME 0–0–2 7-7 4-4
AWAY 2–0 12-0 6-0

 

RECORD WHEN OHIO STATE IS RANKED AND WISCONSIN IS RANKED
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL DNP    
HOME DNP    
AWAY DNP    
 

After the game in 1920, the Buckeyes and Badgers took a hiatus in the series until 1930. During this decade the teams would only face each other four times and rack up a combined 26 points. Sam Willaman's Ohio State teams would end the four-game decade with a 2–0–2 advantage.

Dobbins 2017
1920 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE
1920 H 13-7

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 1–0 13-7 13-7
HOME 1–0 13-7 13-7
AWAY      

In the only game played between the progams in the 1920s, John Wilce led Ohio State to a 13-7 victory on Ohio Field. The 1920 battle was the last time a Buckeye team led by Wilce would face Wisconsin.

2017 Champs
1910 RESULTS
YEAR LOCATION SCORE
1919 A 3-0
1918 H 3-14
1917 A 16-3
1916 H 14-13
1915 A 0-21
1914 H 6-7
1913 A 0-12

 

OVERALL // HOME // AWAY // RECORDS
  RECORD POINTS AVG. SCORE
OVERALL 3–4 42-70 6-10
HOME 1–2 23-34 8-11
AWAY 2–2 19-36 5-9

The 1910s are the only decade in which Ohio State had a losing record to Wisconsin. John Wilce was the Buckeyes' only coach for the seven games played, while the Badgers had four different coaches between 1913 and 1919.

Ohio State's dramatic 3-0 victory in 1919 helped the program win its first Big Ten title.

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