The Nebraska Cornhuskers are new to the Big Ten but that didn’t stop them from ending up where a lot of people thought they would: the Big Ten title game. But after that, not a lot of people could have foreseen what would actually happen in said title game as the Wisconsin Badgers lucked their way into the bout and proceeded to blow out the Huskers to earn a Rose Bowl berth for the second consecutive year.
To say the game got out of hand would be putting it lightly.
The Badgers let the game get close when Taylor Martinez scrambled for a 76-yard touchdown early in the game to cut the lead to one score but after that, the term snowballed is a proper description of the events.
It honestly felt like a boxing match that needed to desperately stopped in the third round because the opponent’s face had been so smashed in that roasted spaghetti squash has more of a form. The Huskers got absolutely destroyed in every sense and their first trip to the title game of their new conference saw their opponent bash their skull in with 70 points.
There is the old adage that if you can score a touchdown in a game you shouldn’t stop yourself even if the score is 63-17. Wisconsin stayed true to that adage, no matter how controversial a choice it was.
To put things into perspective, Wisconsin nearly 700 yards of offense and this in a conference championship game. We all thought it was a big deal that the SEC championship game got into a shoot out, and that was nothing compared to that.
Montee Ball made a final thrust towards a Heisman Trophy with over 200 yards on the ground.
With the win the badgers earn a trip to the Rose Bowl for the second straight year, and they will face Stanford. The Badgers really have circumstance to thank for the trip, as Ohio State was the best team in the Big Ten, but thanks to the scandal and the sanctions against them, the Baders lucked their way into the title game.
But as much as they lucked their way into the title game, Wisconsin convincingly (and brutally) earned their shot in the Rose Bowl.