Wisconsin won the war of attrition, breaking through late to put down Michigan. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Final Score: Wisconsin 24, Michigan 10
Prediction: Wisconsin 30, Michigan 17
Line: Wisconsin -7.5, o/u: 41
All the momentum was on Michigan’s side, and it wasn’t the prettiest performance overall for Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook, but it took one throw to come up with the win over Michigan.
There wasn’t a better throw in college football this year than laser-beam to a covered A.J. Taylor for a touchdown to give the Badgers control of the game.
Interceptions are still the issue, and he only completed 9-of-19 passes for 143 yards with that score and a pick, but he came up with three beautiful tosses that Michigan couldn’t – and with absolutely no wide receiver talent to work with – and it was enough to open things up.
And the Badger defense did the rest.
Michigan’s defense went toe-to-toe with the Wisconsin D for most of the game, but Jonathan Taylor still ran for 132 yards and the Badgers still averaged 4.6 yards per carry against this amazing D.
Once again, the Wisconsin defense stepped up. A week after holding down the Iowa offense to 66 yards, the Badgers gave up a few big pass plays, caught a massive break on a Donovan Peoples-Jones catch that should’ve been counted as a touchdown – and ended up recovering a fumble, keeping Michigan from scoring – but 234 yards. That’s all Michigan was able to come up with.
It had one great scoring drive, and that was about it. QB Brandon Peters got knocked around and then knocked out of the game, the banged up group of running backs weren’t able to pick up the slack, and that was it. The D kept the Wolverines in the game, but with 234 yards and just 58 on the ground, Michigan’s O couldn’t do enough on the road against a College Football Playoff-caliber team.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Everything stays the same for Wisconsin.
Go 13-0, win the Big Ten Championship, get into the College Football Playoff and almost certainly get into the Rose Bowl.
But can the Badgers still get it in if they beat Minnesota and lose a close battle with Ohio State? Probably not – the schedule just isn’t strong enough – but at the very least, this 14-point win ends any and all thoughts and beliefs that a second ACC or SEC team will knock out a 13-0 Wisconsin.
That was never going to happen anyway, but at least parts of America can stop considering that as a possibility now.