Welcome to Notre Dame week.
Somehow it’s been nearly 57 years since the two midwest powerhouses squared off in competition, especially given Notre Dame’s independent status and need for competitive games each year.
But even though the two programs haven’t met on the field in decades, Saturday’s game will be full of compelling storylines:
Jack Coan’s first game against Wisconsin
Whether Graham Mertz can beat a good football team
Whether the Badgers’ Week 1 loss was an anomaly
How good is Wisconsin, and how good is Notre Dame?
A lot will be decided on the turf of Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on Saturday.
Before we get into the matchup, here’s a look at the history between the two schools:
Wisconsin football moves up in latest USA TODAY Sports AFCA Coaches Poll
Wisconsin usually does not fare well when College Gameday is in town
Wisconsin will have a big area of concern on Saturday against Notre Dame
Notre Dame will have a big problem when they face Wisconsin next weekend
All-time record: 8-6-2 in favor of Notre Dame
Current win streak: 1 (Notre Dame–1964)
Largest margin of victory: 58-0 (Wisconsin), 50-0 (Notre Dame)
Longest win streak: 3 (Wisconsin–1900-1905), 4 (Notre Dame–1929-1936)