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Wisconsin smells roses

Posted on: November 27, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2010 4:38 pm
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.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2010 9:02 pm

Wisconsin smells roses

My congrats go out to Wisconsin on a great year & job well done. If only you had the MSU game back, you might be playing in the BcSNCG. Oh well! Just do the rest of us Big Ten [12] "homers" some good & beat whoever, wherever. You beat THE ohio state university & THAT is something I'm quite envious of. My Hawkeyes gave them a game but came up short & now we've taken a "big dump" on our way to the Insight Bowl, maybe. Now, I hope you fans can forgive Coach Bielema for his tigerhawk tattoo. You've got to remember that he did this at a time when he had NO IDEA he would become head coach up there in beautiful Madison [& I do mean beautiful--those twin lakes are SWEET!]. Now, go out to Pasadena & do like you've done before [another area of jealosy since my Hawks haven't won one since I was 3 & 5 yrs. old--LONG ago!] and WIN the Rose Bowl. Maybe as a conference we can do as well as or better than last year [4-3] & garner some more national respect from about everywhere but SEC country. They're SO in love with themselves! SEC? Hmm? Sorta Educational Colleges or Super Ego Conference----BOTH! Wink

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: November 27, 2010 7:42 pm

Wisconsin smells roses

I would correct that phrase by saying Wisconsin smells at least roses.  I really believe that Wisconsin has a chance to play in the National Championship game.  With LSU and Boise St. losing Wisconsin will be in the top 5 in the BCS.  Oregon is really dominant and probably will roll over Oregon St.  If now I say If South Carolina beats Auburn next week, will the BCS really put TCU against Oregon.  TCU did not play anybody this year.  They are a good team but for the National Championship I don't think so.  Also, will they put two Pac-10 teams in the title game and have Oregon against Stanford.  I don't think so Stanford goes to the Fiesta Bowl.  That would leave Wisconsin.  This team is playing as well as anybody in the country.  Now if Auburn beats South Carolina then Oregon vs. Auburn would be an exciting game and we will enjoy the roses but the title game could be like the old days for the rose bowl.  Pac-10 champ vs. Big 10 Champ.  In order to play in the title you would have to win your conference right, so I don't care what Stanford does and I don't care that Stanford is ahead of Wisconsin in the BCS rankings they didn't even win their conference so I really believe Wisconsin will leap frog them.  Wisconsin has a great case but their fate not only is in the hands of the BCS committee I think it is in the hands of South Carolinal.  Go Spurrier!

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