Wisconsin 45, Indiana 17: What It Means For The College Football Playoff
Wisconsin rolled past Indiana for an easy win. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Wisconsin 45, Indiana 17
Prediction: Wisconsin 34, Indiana 20
Line: Wisconsin -10.5, o/u: 49.5
The Badgers were down 10-0 early, and then it decided it was done.
Wisconsin outscored IU 45-7 the rest of the way, with two Joe Ferguson interceptions deep in Hoosier territory setting up easy scores.
The Badger run D allowed just 40 yards, the secondary overcame a few shake moments to clamp down, and a good battle into the third quarter grew into a blowout.
Jonathan Taylor has to stop fumbling. Yes, he’s a fringe candidate to at least be a part of the Heisman discussion, and he showed just how great he is with a 183-yard, one score day on 29 carries, but he can’t be trusted in key spots. The Badgers caught a break with a late red zone fumble.
Top Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus was rolled up with a leg injury and knocked out of the game. Alex Hornibrook spread the ball around, but the Badgers need a playmaker to emerge if Cephus can’t go against Iowa and Michigan.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Wisconsin put up the big number to at least look the part – on the scoreboard.
The team is still looking and playing bored. It’s going through the motions, it’s turning it on when it has to, and it might just be one of those teams that’s waiting to be challenged before it starts playing at a higher level.
As is, though, everything is just fine.
The plan doesn’t change. Beat Iowa, beat Michigan, beat Minnesota, and then take down – likely – Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship, and the Badgers are in no matter what.
Lose one of the last three regular season games and then beat OSU, and at 12-1 with a Big Ten championship, the odds are still good, even with the light schedule.
Ninth in the first CFP rankings, positioning doesn’t matter all that much, but it should creep up a little bit.