Posted by Tom Fornelli
1. Wisconsin would run over its own mother if she got in the way. Not because Wisconsin doesn't like its mother, but because it just doesn't know how to stop. For the third time this season the Badgers put up at least 70 points, this time against Northwestern. Though it does seem like Bret Bielema at least learned how to slow his boys down a little bit, as they had 70 at the end of the third quarter and decided not to go for 100. Which is very considerate of the Badgers. Of course, most importantly, the win means that Wisconsin should be going to the Rose Bowl.
2. At least I think it does. Nobody will be sure until Sunday night which Big Ten team is going to the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State are all tied for first in the conference, and the BCS rankings will decide which team gets to go to Pasadena. Well, Wisconsin has been the highest ranked of the three for weeks, and it's hard to think that either Ohio State or Michigan State will pass the Badgers after a game in which they just hung 70 points on the board again. Then again, who knows?
3. Rich Rodriguez is in trouble. What? You think that a coach with a team that's gone 7-5 is safe? How'd that work out for Randy Shannon this season? Exactly, and Shannon didn't have people calling for his head since the second his name was announced as the new head coach as Rodriguez has. Getting to 7-5 and going to a bowl game for the first time since coming to Ann Arbor is nice, but beating Ohio State once in a while would be nicer. Here's a nice little stat for you to consider. During his three years at Michigan, Rodriguez has won three conference games in the Big House. Three. During Jim Tressel's career at Ohio State, he's won four games inside the Big House. He only gets to play there once every two years.
4. Ohio State is the best program in the Big Ten. I didn't say they were the best team this season, as I think that title belongs to Wisconsin, but the best program in the Big Ten is clearly Ohio State. The Buckeyes clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title for the sixth consecutive season, which is hard to do in any conference, let alone the Big Ten. The last school to win six straight Big Ten titles? Ohio State of course, from 1972-77.
5. Iowa must be a huge Walking Dead fan. It's the only explanation for the way they walked through the last month of the season like a bunch of brain dead zombies. The day before Halloween the Hawkeyes pasted Michigan State 37-6 to improve to 4-1 in the Big Ten and remain in the Rose Bowl hunt. They then went 1-3 in November, with that one win coming against Indiana, and that game saw Damarlo Belcher drop a game-winning touchdown in the closing seconds. The Hawkeyes then followed that narrow escape with losses to Northwestern, Ohio State, and Minnesota. What happened?