Wisconsin Dominates 38-17
In easily one of the most anticipated rivalry matches of the weekend, the Badgers did not disappoint. Not only was Paul Bunyan’s Axe up for grabs, but so was the lucrative title of Big Ten West Champions. Going into Minnesota, it seemed that no one had faith outside of Madison, that Wisconsin could book their trip to Indianapolis. It seemed that Bucky knew what walls were being put up in front of them and they knocked them down.
The credit must be given up to both the QB Jack Coan and one of the nation’s top defense. Head Coach Paul Chryst had to put his faith in the QB as it makes for a difficult game plan when every one knows the ball will go to the best back in the Nation in Jonathan Taylor. Coan lit up the Gophers with going 15 for 22, with 280 yards and two touchdowns. One of those TD’s went to Quintez Cephus who had a total of 114 yards, proving he’s the best weapon downfield.
Defense Smother Gopher’s Offense
Minnesota wanted to make a statement on their first drive, which they did easily. On their second play, Tanner Morgan completed a 51 yard touchdown pass to give them the early 7-0 lead. That was all the Badgers defense needed to see in order to turn the tables. Combining for five sacks and an interception, the Gophers were smothered by the Badgers.
By the time the 3rd quarter ended, the Badgers jumped to a 24-10 lead and by the time the clock struck zero, Wisconsin took back the axe with an astounding bang. The snow globe atmosphere only created the perfect scenery for Wisconsin to show everyone in the Big Ten and the Nation why they have been to more Big Ten Championships than any other team in the conference.
Week 9 Rematch In Indy
Saturday’s victory showed what the Badgers could have been all season long. Going up against a tough Minnesota team, they proved why many were right to think they were possibly one of the best in the Nation. Unfortunately, a bitter loss to Illinois derailed all of their College Football Playoff dreams. There is still on dream achievable though, the Rose Bowl. We all know what Ohio State future holds, a trip to the CFP with hopes of a National Championship.
If the Badgers go up against Ohio State and plays them tough to keep it a close game, it is very likely the Badgers will be selected to represent the Big 10 in Pasadena. They hold the key to their future. No one else, all that they can control is how they go and face possibly the best team in the Nation. Minnesota was a great chapter on a memorable season, but it is not the end of their story, the pen is in their hands. They must make it count.