Wisconsin at Purdue: Road to the Big Ten Championship

October 11, 2012

College Football

Wisconsin goes on the road against Purdue this Saturday at 12:00PM ET, which is a key match up for the Leaders Division. With Penn State and Ohio State banned from the post season Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, and Wisconsin are the only Leaders Division teams left to qualify for the Big Ten Championship.

It was anticipated before the season started that it would come down to the Boilermakers and the Badgers, and nothing that has happened thus far has proven differently. Indiana and Illinois are already 0-2 and with their performances so far this season, seemingly placing a winning record in the Leaders Division out of their reach. Winning Saturday’s game does not guarantee anyone a spot in the Big Ten Championship.The team that will go to the championship game needs to have the best record in the division, which includes games against Ohio State and Penn State.

It has been a rough season for the Big Ten but this predicament may make things worse. Ohio State is hands down the best team in the Big Ten and Penn State has had some impressive performances this year. The Nittany Lions could be one of the better Big Ten teams when the regular season ends, leaving a possibility that the two best teams in the Leaders Division won’t even be eligible to play in the championship. If that is true then the third best team will be put into the championship game by default. What could happen, which would just add insult to injury to the Big Ten Conference, is that the third best team in the Leaders Division would get the chance to upset the best team from the Legends Division, and make the mess that is the Big Ten that much worse.

Saturday’s game is a key match up in the Leaders Division, and will be intriguing to watch as it may reveal the team that will march into the Big Ten Title Game. At this time, it is reasonable to predict that the Leaders Division will win the Big Ten Title, regardless of who they place or face in the championship game. But the Big Ten has been far too inconsistent this year to make that call with any certainty at this point in the season.

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2 Comments on “Wisconsin at Purdue: Road to the Big Ten Championship”

  1. TrueBlueReport Says:

    I anticipated the same thing, Wisconsin winning was the right call but they just ran away with the game in the second half.


  2. Matthew Milko Says:

    Should be a close, typical lowscoring, hard hittingbig ten game through 3 quarters, but Wisconsin’s Offense wears down the Boilermakers D in the 4th and come out of West Lafayette victorious.


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