Interesting Ohio State–Wisconsin GameDay Facts

By D.J. Byrnes on October 11, 2016 at 2:59 pm
Lee Corso picks Ohio State on the set of ESPN College GameDay.

The weekly pregame show college football fans love to know, ESPN College GameDay, returns this Saturday to Madison, Wisconsin for the first time since 2011 ahead of No. 2 Ohio State's clash with No. 8 Wisconsin under the lights of Camp Randall Stadium.

Last week, famed coach Lee Corso celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first headgear pick — Brutus Buckeye, ahead of No. 3 Ohio State's 38-7 bombing of No. 4 Penn State in Columbus — so this week offers another glimpse into historical numbers involving Corso, Ohio State, and Wisconsin.


  • Corso has put on Ohio State headgear 20 times — second only to Alabama (24). He is 14-6 when picking Ohio State, but Ohio State has lost two of the last three times he has picked Ohio State.
  • He has also picked against Ohio State 14 times, which is tied for the second-highest number of times picking against a team. Corso is 6-8 when picking against the Buckeyes. He has lost the last two – and three of the last four times he has picked against Ohio State.
  • Corso has picked Wisconsin four times, including the 2010 upset win over Ohio State in Madison. He is 2-2 when picking the Badgers and has picked against the Badgers seven times going 4-3 in those picks, but the Badgers did win the season-opener this year when Lee picked LSU over the Badgers at Lambeau Field.

Other tidbits:

  • Wisconsin is 3-2 with GameDay in town and has won the last three times the show has been in Madison.
  • This is the third straight top-10 matchup from which the show will originate. It’s the first time since 2012 that the show will originate from three straight top-10 matchups prior to the conference championship game and bowl season.
  • Home teams are 4-0 this year with GameDay in town, and really 5-0 if you count Wisconsin’s win over LSU at Lambeau Field.
  • The last 15 times GameDay has been to a top-10 matchup on a host campus, the home team is 13-2.
  • This is the 12th time a top-10 team has hosted the No. 2 ranked team at a GameDay. No. 2 has lost each of the last four times – Florida State at Louisville in September, Auburn at Mississippi State in 2014, Texas Tech at Oklahoma in 2008 and Michigan at Ohio State in 2006.
  • Urban Meyer has won five-straight true road games with GameDay present with his last loss in 2007 when Florida lost 28-24 at LSU.

Looks like Meyer will be the Buckeyes' ace-in-the-hole as they attempt to ward off bad historical juju of being a No. 2-ranked away team in a Top-10 GameDay matchup.

ESPN College GameDay starts Saturday at 9 a.m. ET. Ohio State–Wisconsin kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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