The Big Ten West is a mess at the top of the standings. However, the Wisconsin football team can begin to separate themselves from the rest.
The Big Ten West is a complete mess, both at the top at the bottom. The division is divided into two types of teams; those who only have one divisional loss and those who only have one divisional win. The Wisconsin football team is joined by Iowa, Purdue and today’s opponent, the Northwestern Wildcats, as the teams currently at the top.
However, with five divisional games remaining for most teams, this phenomenon will likely untie itself before the Big Ten Championship game.
In the crowded West, it might all come down to tie-breakers which means games like this are extremely important for Badgers. Wisconsin has already beaten Iowa so they currently hold that tie-breaker as it stands today. Wisconsin can also beat Northwestern today and Purdue in three weeks to get a tight grip on the division.
Unfortunately, the Badgers might need a little more help to take home the divisional crown once again. They still travel to Penn State in a game that will be extremely difficult. Even if Wisconsin makes it out of the rest of their games, they might end the season with two divisional losses.
That means the Badgers have to hope Iowa loses today against a Penn State in order to protect them from another loss down the road.
Regardless of the outcomes of the other teams, Wisconsin must still focus on getting their business done first. They have a good opportunity on Saturday to take down one of the top teams in the Big Ten West.
With starting quarterback Alex Hornibrook questionable due to a concussion, the Badgers are already facing difficult odds. Fortunately, this team is good enough to overcome these odds and begin to separate themselves from the pack.