Posted by Tom Fornelli
With wins by both Ohio State and Michigan State on Saturday morning, Wisconsin came in to its regular season finale against Northwestern needing a win to grab a share of the Big Ten title and possibly punch its ticket to Pasadena. So far, things are going according to plan.
The game is still early in the second quarter, but the Badgers aren't having any trouble with the Dan Persa-less Wildcats. Montee Ball has three touchdowns in the first 18 minutes of action, as Wisconsin has jumped out to a 21-3 lead. Not helping Northwestern's case are the three turnovers that it has already committed.
Illinois gashed Northwestern for over 500 yards on the ground last week at Wrigley Field, and it looks like Wisconsin may be able to top that.
This win is huge for Wisconsin not just because of the Big Ten title, but because if the Badgers do win, they'll likely be bound for Pasadena and the Rose Bowl. With a three-way tie atop the conference, the BCS standings will be used to determine which team gets to go to the Rose Bowl. Up until this week Wisconsin has been ahead of both Ohio State and Michigan State, and that's not likely to change considering the way things are currently going in Madison.
Update: As I hit publish on this post, Scott Tolzien hit David Gilreath for an 18-yard touchdown pass. It's now 28-3 Wisconsin.