Wisconsin totally dominated Minnesota. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Game Preview & Prediction
Final Score: Wisconsin 31, Minnesota 0
Prediction: Wisconsin 34, Minnesota 10
Line: Wisconsin -17, o/u: 43
And now the puck is on the stick for the Badgers to get into the College Football Playoff.
Forget about what anyone else might say. It doesn’t matter what happens with any other team. If Wisconsin beats Ohio State for the Big Ten Championship, it’ll be 13-0 and it’ll be either 2 or 3 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and be off to the Rose Bowl.
Lose, and that’s almost certainly it, and then it’ll be off to a New Year’s Six game, likely the Orange.
That’s the deal.
Talk about taking care of business. Wisconsin allowed just 133 yards of total Minnesota offense, gave up eight first downs, and was never, ever threatened. The Gophers had a shot at a field goal at the end of the first half, and missed. That was it.
Jonathan Taylor lost a fumble, but that was it for the issues. The Badgers converted 7-of-12 third down chances, outgained Minnesota 456 yards to 133, and owned this from the start.
Alex Hornibrook did exactly what he was supposed to do. He converted 15-of-19 throws for 151 yards and three scores with no picks. Taylor ran 20 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. Everything worked for the Badgers.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Now this gets a wee bit interesting.
Had the Badgers gagged to the Gophers, there would’ve been an argument about whether or not a 12-1 Wisconsin team would get in if it won the Big Ten title.
That’s gone now.
Theoretically, does 12-1 Wisconsin – if it loses to Ohio State in a close fight in the Big Ten Championship – get in if TCU beats Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship, or if something else wacky happens?
Wisconsin winning means everyone else has to root for Ohio State. Otherwise, one of the four spots is taken up.