Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14: What It Means For The College Football Playoff
Wisconsin makes a statement with a dominant win over Iowa. What does it all mean for the College Football Playoff race?
Final Score: Wisconsin 38, Iowa 14
Prediction: Wisconsin 26, Iowa 14
Line: Wisconsin -12.5, o/u: 46
Now THAT’S the Wisconsin team we were waiting for.
It was bored.
It knew it wasn’t going to lose to Illinois, or Nebraska, or Maryland, or Indiana, so it didn’t turn it loose, seemed to go at about three-quarter speed, and didn’t do anything to alter the overall plan.
Run, don’t screw up, convert every third down, let the defense do everything else.
But it’s been true: the schedule stinks.
Finally, the Badgers played a ranked team that just gave Urban Meyer and Ohio State a historically bad loss, and they just destroyed them.
Iowa scored 14 points on two pick six plays from Josh Jackson, and that was it. No real drama, no real worry, no real altering the plan.
The defense held Iowa and the 1-2 rushing punch of Akrum Wadley and James Butler to 25 yards on 26 carries with the longest run just nine yards.
Alex Hornibrook threw three interceptions, but he also hit 11-of-18 passes for 135 yards and two scores in an unflappable performance.
More than anything else, the Badgers were flying around defensively, the offensive line came up roaring, and they played at the College Football Playoff level everyone was waiting for.
The Badger defense’s magnum opus so far this season – at least considering what Iowa did to Ohio State last week – Iowa 0-for-13 on third downs, and allowed five first downs and 66 yards of total offense.
Iowa … what are you doing not throwing deep? The one big untested area on Wisconsin is the secondary against anyone trying to push it – Nebraska’s Tanner Lee had some success – and yet Iowa went into a shell a week after the brilliant offensive performance against the Buckeyes.
What Does It All Mean For The College Football Playoff Race?
Now this cements this.
With Washington losing and Auburn being blown out, the debate and argument is over. If Wisconsin goes 13-0, it’s in the College Football Playoff, no matter what. And it’s still not out if it loses to Michigan or even Minnesota and beats Ohio State for the Big Ten championship.
Now, the Badgers truly control their own destiny, even if they’re ranked behind Alabama, Miami/Notre Dame winner, Clemson, and TCU/Oklahoma winner in the next round of College Football Playoff rankings.