Wisconsin fans know what’s at stake in Minneapolis tomorrow when the Badgers take the field against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
With a win, the Badgers would finish the season with an 8-game win streak and a Big Ten West title after starting the season 1-3. With a loss, either Minnesota or Iowa will likely capture the division and the Badgers will fall a game short.
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Well, there are other relevant games this weekend to the rest of Wisconsin’s season. Some have to do with the Big Ten picture, and some are more on the national stage.
Here is the complete Week 13 college football rooting guide for Wisconsin Badger fans:
Friday at 12:30 p.m. CST: Iowa at Nebraska
Oct 30, 2021; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Iowa would eliminate Minnesota from Big Ten West contention with a win against an Adrian Martinez-less Nebraska team. However, I truly believe it would not have much of an effect on the Minnesota team we see on Saturday.
A Nebraska win would keep Minnesota in the race, yet also open a scenario where Wisconsin can lose Saturday and still win the division (Indiana would need to beat Purdue).
For that second reason, Wisconsin fans should be pulling for Nebraska today.
Saturday at noon CST: Ohio State at Michigan
Oct 9, 2021; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara (12) hands off the ball to running back Hassan Haskins (25) during the first quarter against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports
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