Here are some notes, tidbits and stats leading up to Saturday’s Wisconsin Badgers-Rutgers Scarlet Knights game:
— This is the first meeting between Wisconsin and Rutgers.
— Wisconsin has won 26 consecutive games which start at 11 a.m. CT.
— The Badgers are 2-0-1 in road games when playing a new Big Ten foe for the first time. Overall, Wisconsin is 10-1-1 in opening matchups vs. new conference opponents.
— Wisconsin’s last 19 wins have all been by a double-digit margin. The last single-digit win was against Utah State on Sept. 15, 2012.
— A win makes Wisconsin (wait for it) bowl-eligible for the 13th consecutive season.
— The Badgers are just 4-5 under Andersen when they score under 30 points and 10-1 when scoring 30+.
— Wisconsin is 8-0 when holding opponents 100 yards or fewer rushing in the Andersen era.
— Under Andersen, Wisconsin is 11-1 when scoring first (4-1 in 2014), 3-5 when the opponent scores first (1-1 in 2014), 11-1 when leading after the first quarter (3-1 in 2014), 2-5 when trailing after the first quarter (1-1 in 2014), 13-3 when leading at halftime (4-1 in 2014), 0-2 when trailing at halftime (0-1 in 2014), 14-2 when leading after the third quarter (5-1 in 2014) and 0-4 when trailing after the third quarter (0-1 in 2014).
— Rutgers QB Gary Nova in Big Ten play: 53.4%, 4 TD, 7 INT, 122.2 rating; in nonconference play: 69.1%, 10 TD, 2 INT, 209.16 rating
— Since Wisconsin has never played Rutgers . . . UW has had just one 100-yd rusher against a team which begins with letter R: Alan Ameche vs. Rice in 1952.
— Badgers in 3 Big Ten games: 7.49 yards/rush with 11 TDs. Rutgers in 4 Big Ten games: Allowing 5.62 yards/rush with 12 TDs.
— A Badgers tight end hasn’t had a 100-yard receiving game since Lance Kendricks did it in back-to-back weeks in 2010 vs. Arizona State on Sept. 18 and Austin Peay on Sept. 25.
— Gordon’s next 100-yard rushing game will be his 17th, tying Billy Marek and Alan Ameche for 7th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Gordon’s next 100-yard rushing game will be his 7th of the season, which would be the 21st time someone has had 7 or more 100-yard games in Wisconsin history.
— Gordon’s next 200-yard rushing game will be his 4th at Wisconsin, tying him with Montee Ball for fourth-most in UW history (Ron Dayne, 14; Anthony Davis and Billy Marek, 5)
— Gordon needs 214 rushing yards to pass Billy Marek for 6th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Gordon needs 48 yards rushing to pass Billy Marek (1974) for 20th place, 55 yards to pass Rufus Ferguson (1971) for 19th place, 69 yards to pass P.J. Hill (2007) for 18th place, 114 yards to pass Billy Marek (1975) for 17th place and 277 to pass James White (2013) for 16th place on UW’s all-time single-season rushing list.
— Gordon needs two rushing touchdowns to tie and three to pass Brent Moss for 8th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Only one Wisconsin kicker has ever had two 50+-yard field goals in a season, Taylor Mehlhaff in 2006, although one was in a bowl game. Rafael Gaglianone had a 51-yarder in the opener.
— If Joel Stave starts it will be for the 22nd time at Wisconsin, tying him with Jim Miller and Gregg Bohlig for 10th place on UW’s all-time list.s
— Stave needs 67 passing yards to pass Tony Lowery for 8th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Stave needs 16 pass attempts to tie and 17 to pass Jim Sorgi for 10th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Stave needs 6 completions to pass Mike Howard for 8th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Stave needs 1 passing touchdown to tie Scott Tolzien for 7th place and two to tie and three to pass Jim Sorgi and Russell Wilson for 5th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Stave’s next win as a starter will be his 16th, passing Jim Miller for 6th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Kenzel Doe has 1 kick return for a touchdown. Only two Wisconsin players have had 2 kick returns for TDs: Ira Matthews and Nick Davis.
— Doe needs 2 kick returns to tie Ira Matthews for 9th place, 3 to tie Greg Johnson and Michael Morgan for 7th place and 4 to tie Aaron Stecker for 6th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Doe needs 10 kick return yards to pass Marvin Neal for 7th place, 16 yards to pass Aaron Stecker for 6th place and 82 yards to pass Greg Johnson for 5th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Doe needs 2 punt returns to tie and 3 to pass to Ira Matthews for 8th place and 4 to tie and 5 to pass Archie Burks for 7th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Doe needs 7 punt return yards to pass Brandon Williams for 8th place and 12 yards to pass Ira Matthews for 7th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Drew Meyer needs 3 punts to tie and 4 to pass R.J. Morse for 8th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Meyer needs 17 punting yards to pass R.J. Morse for 8th place on UW’s all-time list.
— Joe Schobert has 2 forced fumbles. One more would tie him with many players for the third-most in a season in UW history. Chris Borland holds the record with 5 (done twice, in 2009 and 2011).