Wisconsin at Rutgers
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin’s last Heisman winner, was from New Jersey. I’m telling you that now before the broadcasters have a chance to tell you that 438 times on Saturday.
I wish I could tell you if the Badgers were on track or not. Flip the Northwestern result and they’d be in the playoff top 25. They’d be somewhere around 23, but they’d be in it. But you can’t ignore how Wisconsin has been a completely different team on the road this season. I mean, you could ignore it, since the Badgers have only played on the road twice, but they’ve lost both games.
Rutgers, meanwhile, is 5-3, just one loss worse than Wisconsin’s 5-2, but it has spent the last two weeks getting mashed into goo by the likes of Ohio State and Nebraska. Wisconsin is just not who the Scarlet Knights would like to see right now, particularly since its strength (being one of the few Big Ten teams that can actually pass the ball with a reasonable degree of competence) plays right into the hands of Wisconsin’s overlooked defensive backfield. The Scarlet Knights haven’t lost at home this year, so I’m sure they can make it interesting, but can they win?
The pick: Wisconsin 31, Rutgers 20