Sunday, November 13, 2011

Destiny Back in Badgers' Hands

After the outcome of a few plays in two different early games, the Badgers once again control their own destiny in the Big Ten. Penn State's loss to Nebraska and Purdue's overtime upset of Ohio State put Wisconsin back in the driver's seat of the Big Ten Leaders Division before even kicking off Saturday afternoon. You can forget all the scenarios I presented last week. If Wisconsin wins its final two games, it will play in the inaugural Big Ten Championship game December 3rd in Indianapolis, another trip to Pasadena very much on the cards.

Wisconsin took care of business on the field against a pretty inept Minnesota team. Russell Wilson was 16-17 passing with 4 touchdowns. Nick Toon had 100 receiving yards and 2 TDs. Montee Ball rushed for 166 and scored 3 more TDs, setting the all-time Big Ten Record. It was much of the same for the Badgers offense. You can't really judge the defense from this one because Minnesota is so bad. Special teams was again a problem, giving Minnesota all their points (kickoff return and fake field goal for a TD).

At the end of the day, Wisconsin keeps Paul Bunyan's Ax, gets another win and are on track for a rematch with Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship. These are all good things, and maybe I'm a bit greedy, but I can't help looking at loses by Boise State and Stanford and Alabama and wonder what may have happened if Wisconsin could have defended a couple last second heaves.


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