No. 4 Wisconsin looking for next perfect chapter at Indiana
No. 4 Wisconsin (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten, CFP No. 9 CFP) at Indiana (3-5, 0-5), Saturday, noon ET (ABC)
Line: Wisconsin by 12 ½.
Series record: Wisconsin leads 40-18-2.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Wisconsin is one of five unbeaten teams left in FBS, but must keep winning to stay in the playoff hunt because of a weak schedule. Indiana is looking for its first conference win. The Hoosiers last three losses have come by three points, eight points and seven points in overtime.
Wisconsin’s secondary vs. Indiana’s receivers. The Badgers lead the Big Ten in scoring defense and are No. 2 in total defense, run defense and pass defense. This week, they face three Indiana receivers — Simmie Cobbs Jr., Luke Timian and Whop Philyor — who caught 10 or more passes last week.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wisconsin: RBs Jonathan Taylor and Garrett Groshek. Taylor, a freshman, leads the Big Ten in rushing (148.1 yards per game) and TD runs (11). But he’s fighting through an injured left leg and if Taylor can’t play, the Badgers probably will turn to the redshirt freshman, Groshek.
Indiana: QB Peyton Ramsey. The redshirt freshman has been solid, tough and gives the Hoosiers’ offense a different dynamic with his legs. But he left last week’s game with an apparent knee injury. Fifth-year senior Richard Lagow, the former starter, must be ready just in case.
FACTS & FIGURES
The Badgers have won a school record 11 straight conference games and are chasing their 10th straight win in the Indiana series. ... The Hoosiers are the only FBS team to play three top-five foes this season and the second to play five ranked teams (Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State). The only other time Indiana faced three top-five teams in one season was 1961. ... Wisconsin’s nine-game winning streak is tied with Georgia for No. 2 in the nation behind Miami (12). ... Cobbs Jr. (54) and Timian (49) are No. 1 and 3 in the Big Ten in receptions. ... Wisconsin is No. 5 nationally in scoring defense (12.9 points). ... Indiana shares the national lead for three-and-outs per game (6.8). ... The Hoosiers and Badgers haven’t played since 2013.