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Badgers clinch spot in B1G title game

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It wasn’t the regular-season cruise most thought it would be, but, in the end, Wisconsin is who we thought they were.

One of the two teams that will play for the 2012 Big Ten title.

Thanks in small part to its 62-14 win over Indiana Saturday — and in large part to NCAA sanctions levied on Penn State and, especially, Ohio State — the Badgers have clinched the Big Ten Leaders division’s spot in the conference championship game with still two league games remaining.  The Hoosiers came into the game with a chance to take control of the Leaders at 3-3 with a win, but it was UW that moved to 4-2 in a division where the other three postseason-eligible teams have won a combined three Big Ten games as of this posting.

And, as expected, the Badgers clinched in a manner that has become their annual trademark: a punishing ground game.  Montee Ball (104) and James White (103, pictured) rushed for 100-plus yards in the first half alone.  For the game, the Badgers ran for 564 yards as a team — versus just 41 passing — in punching their early-December ticket to Indianapolis for the second consecutive season.

As for who Wisconsin will face in the Dec.1 title game, that’s completely and totally in Nebraska’s hands.  If the Cornhuskers win their last three, including this afternoon’s game with Penn State, it would be UW-NU v2.0 — Cornhuskers 30, Badgers 27, in Lincoln Sept. 29 — for the conference championship.

Right on Nebraska’s heels, though, is Michigan.  Thanks to UM’s thrilling win over Northwestern Saturday afternoon, the Wolverines are now 5-1 in conference play, a half-game ahead of the Huskers at the moment.  Nebraska, though, holds the tiebreaker over UM by virtue of a 23-9 win two weeks ago.

In other words, Michigan will need to win out and hope that Nebraska stubs its toe at least once against either Penn State, Minnesota or Iowa.

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5 Responses to “Badgers clinch spot in B1G title game”
  1. thejjtrain says: Nov 10, 2012 8:46 PM

    So it looks like an all red title game. Does that mean they have to war those off putting unis from the earlier game this year?

  2. bordner says: Nov 10, 2012 8:47 PM

    Regardless of who they face in the title game, the Badgers will prevail. Now, lets just see if they can win a Rose Bowl under Beliema.

  3. metalhead65 says: Nov 10, 2012 9:55 PM

    who cares who they will face since it won’t be against a team trying to build a program like IU they will not be able to run over them like they do when they play IU . and if they go to the rose bowl they will choke as always. let’s see them go for it on 4th and 1 and up 30 points against a good team.oh wait they will never be in that position against a good team will they? I love how badger fans treat the game against IU as some sort of milestone for their program. we get it you can pound them to death since they have no program to speak of yet but that will change once Wilson gets guys in there who know how to tackle,and that will be sooner than you think. enjoy feasting on them while you can because it is not going to happen much longer. remember he is only in his second year,let’s see if your and your douche bag coach is still doing that in 3 years.

  4. badgerbuck says: Nov 11, 2012 12:16 AM

    Sounds like metal head 65 needs a nap

  5. gorilladunk says: Nov 11, 2012 9:35 AM

    Not to be insulting (which means I’m about to be), but this sets up as the most boring conference championship game ever. None of these teams play good defense, they just play against AWFUL offenses. I bet tickets to the game will sell for less than $10 on StubHub.

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