Wisconsin Has Badgered Ohio State's Home in Jim Tressel Era

Chip MinnichCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2009

13 Oct 2001:  Head Coach Barry Alvarez of the Wisconsin Badgers shakes hands with Jim Tressal during the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. The Badgers defeated the Buckeyes 20-17.Mandatory Credit: Tom Pidgeon  /Allsport

On Oct. 10 at 3:30 pm EST, Ohio State will take the field against the undefeated Wisconsin Badgers. While this game will help to determine the eventual Big Ten champion, I will be anxious to see if another small, possibly overlooked record can be evened out—Jim Tressel's home record against Wisconsin.

Jim Tressel has an even record against Wisconsin, having defeated Wisconsin three times (2002, 2007, and 2008), while also losing three times (2001, 2003, and 2004). Surprisingly, Tressel has had more success against Wisconsin on the road than in Ohio Stadium.

In 2001, Ohio State blew a 17-point lead and lost to Wisconsin, 20-17. That was during the first year of the Jim Tressel era at Ohio State.

In 2004, Ohio State blew a 10-point lead to Wisconsin, losing 24-13. This loss ended Ohio State's 18-game home winning streak in Ohio Stadium.

In 2007, Ohio State was able to defeat Wisconsin in Ohio Stadium 38-17. This was the first time the teams faced each other since the 2004 season, due to The Big Ten's rotating schedule.

Will Jim Tressel be able to even up his home record against Wisconsin? We shall see on Saturday afternoon.