No. 13 Wisconsin (1-0) vs. Oregon State (0-0), 1 p.m. (FX)
Line: Wisconsin by 8.
Series Record: Wisconsin leads 2-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
This, the Badgers' only road trip before starting Big Ten Conference play at the end of the month at Nebraska, also serves as a chance to calm nerves after Wisconsin was given a bit of a scare last week at home against FCS Northern Iowa. Oregon State finally ends what coach Mike Riley joked was the "world's longest training camp" after last week's opener against Nicholls State was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac.
Oregon State's offensive line vs. Wisconsin's defensive front. Most would think this should be reversed with the Beavers trying to stop Monte Ball. And while that's huge, Oregon State must first score after getting shutout 35-0 at Wisconsin last year. The Beavers might start Issac Seumalo at center and make him the first freshman to start at center for the Beavers since 1978. Getting some semblance of a run game with redshirt freshman TB Storm Woods will be important to take the pressure off QB Sean Mannion. Wisconsin allowed just 41 yards rushing to Northern Iowa.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Wisconsin: QB Danny O'Brien. The debut of the Maryland transfer didn't equate the eye-popping numbers of predecessor Russell Wilson, but was extremely solid. O'Brien was 19 of 23 for 219 yards, two touchdown throws, and a passer rating of 191.3 against Northern Iowa. Those kinds of numbers are expected against an FCS team. Now comes an Oregon State defense that returns three of four starters in a secondary that was second in the Pac-12 in pass defense a year ago.
Oregon State: Woods. The redshirt freshman from Texas beat out incumbent Malcolm Agnew for the starting job during fall camp and will be unveiled against the Badgers. Oregon State can only hope Woods works out as well as its last workhorse running back from Texas — Jacquizz Rodgers, a three-time first-team all-Pac-10 selection.
FACTS & FIGURES
Wisconsin is the first Big Ten team to venture to Corvallis since Iowa in 1971, a game the Beavers won 33-19. Wisconsin is the highest-ranked nonconference team to visit Corvallis since BYU in 1977. ... Wisconsin has won 33 straight nonconference games, the second longest streak in the country behind LSU. The Badgers' last nonconference loss was in 2003 to UNLV. ... Last season was the first time since 2007 the Beavers failed to beat at least one team ranked in the AP Top 25.