Oct. 10, 2010
MADISON, Wis. -- It’s a game Badger fans have had circled since the beginning of the season. Saturday, Oct. 16, vs. Ohio State, at Camp Randall Stadium, at night. Now, thanks to some key wins and losses around the country, Wisconsin fans aren’t the only ones with a keen interest in this game.
With Alabama’s loss on Saturday, Ohio State is now ranked No. 1 in the country. This week’s game will mark just the ninth time in history, and the first time since 1997, that the Badgers have hosted the No. 1 team in the country at Camp Randall Stadium. All three of UW’s wins over No. 1 teams have come at Camp Randall, including a 17-7 win over No. 1 Ohio State on Oct. 31, 1942.
The game itself will be broadcast nationally on ESPN starting at 6 p.m. CT. The announce team is ESPN’s “A” crew of Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Erin Andrews. Last week, ESPN also announced that the game will be shown in 3D for those who have that capability in their homes.
Late Saturday night, ESPN announced that College Gameday, its three-hour college football preview show hosted by Chris Fowler, Lee Corso and Herbstreit, will originate from the campus of the University of Wisconsin. It will be the fourth appearance for Gameday in Madison and the first since the Badgers hosted the show in back-to-back seasons, on Nov. 13, 2003 against Purdue, and on Sept. 25, 2004 against Penn State. The show’s first appearance in Madison was on Sept. 25, 1999 for UW’s Big Ten opener against Michigan.
In addition to Gameday, ESPN Radio College Gameday, hosted by Ryen Russillo, Trevor Matich and Brad Edwards, will call Madison home next weekend. Radio Gameday is on the air all day, giving live updates from games, interviews from key players and analysis of the day in college football.
ESPNU Road Trip, a 30-minute series that taps into the college football tradition, rivalry and revelry on college campuses across the nation, will also be featuring the Wisconsin-Ohio State game. The show airs Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPNU, following the Saturday game featured in the series that week. Jonathan Drubner and Marianela Pereyra host the series, which has been to four games already this season, Penn State-Alabama, Texas-Texas Tech, Oregon State-Boise State and Florida State-Miami.
Be sure to check out UWBadgers.com throughout the week to keep up to date on all the latest news surrounding next Saturday’s big game.