College football is just a few short weeks away and so is the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff to be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.
The game between perennial national powerhouse, LSU, and the UW-Badgers will be seen in prime time; two teams will walk in with National Championship aspirations, but just one will walk out with them still intact.
Early odds-makers have pitted Gary Andersen’s Badgers as a 4-6 point dog, which for most is still a coin toss.
Let’s take a look at this game, and the two teams, by the numbers.
This will be the Tigers’ fourth time in the last five seasons they‘ve appeared on a nationally televised game at a neutral site. For Wisconsin, it’s their first.
The LSU Tigers and head coach Les Myles enter the game riding an FBS-record 45-game winning streak against non-conference opponents.
The Badgers record doesn’t take a backseat; UW is 49-18 (.731) since the start of the 2009 season. That is the 12th-best record in the nation over that five-year span.
Among Big Ten teams, only Ohio State (53-12, .815) has a better record than UW over the last five years.
The Tigers’ nation-leading run of 45 consecutive regular-season wins against non-conference opponents is the best in FBS history. UW ranks No. 4 all-time on that list with its run of 33 non-conference wins which spanned from 2003 until 2012.
Wisconsin has won its last 16 consecutive season openers which ties them with USC as the third longest current streak in the nation. Only Nebraska (27) and Florida (23) have longer streaks.
Matching-up against an SEC school in the regular season hasn’t boded well for Bucky; UW is 0-3 lifetime.