First place in the Big Ten West is on the line as the Wisconsin Badgers travel to Evanston, IL to due battle against the Northwestern Wildcats.
If you had to picture the year 2020 as a college football conference, you would probably choose the Big Ten. Penn State is winless, Michigan has just one win, Rutgers is ahead of both of them in the conference standings, and Indiana is in first place in the East. As for the West division of the conference, things are a little more normal. Nebraska is still bad, Iowa is Iowa, and the division champion will likely be the winner of the game between the Badgers and Wildcats.
The Badgers are 2-0 and have been dominant on both sides of the ball. The only issue for them, and the rest of the conference, is that if the Badgers were to go undefeated and win the conference title game, they would be just 7-0 and most likely would not make The College Football Playoff. Well, this is what happens when two of your games get canceled due to positive COVID tests. Again, this conference should just be renamed 2020 for this year.
On the other side of the ball, the Wildcats have bounced back from a 3-9 season in 2019 with four-straight wins to start off this season. In 2018, the Wildcats won the West division and lost to Ohio State in the conference title game, so after their performance last year, they had many thinking what in the world happened? Well, last year is in the past and the Wildcats are playing well so far this season.
But something has to give. Can the Wildcats take back their crown as king of the division? Or will the Badgers show their dominance once again and sole-possession of first place in the division?
Here’s how to watch and bet on the Wisconsin vs Northwestern game
- Date: Saturday, Nov. 21
- Start Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Evanston, Illinois
- Stadium: Ryan Field
- TV Info: ABC
- Odds: Wisconsin -7.5, O/U 44.5
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
Prediction: Both defenses have been great this season, as the Badgers have allowed just nine points a game this season, while the Wildcats defense has allowed just 14 points per game. However, while both offenses have had success, the Badgers have been far more dominant on that side of the ball. Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz has thrown seven touchdowns and zero interceptions this season and has the support of a run game that’s averaged over 260 yards in their first two games. The Badgers offense is the difference-maker in this one, scoring a late touchdown that puts this game out of reach for the Wildcats.
Score: Wisconsin 31, Northwestern 17.