B1G Schedule Breakdown: Wisconsin

Finishing up the Leaders division today with Wisconsin. We're halfway through.

Previously: Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State, Purdue

Wisconsin Badgers
2011 Overall Record: 11-3
2011 Big Ten Record: 6-2

Sept 1Northern Iowa
Sept 8@ Oregon State
Sept 15Utah State
Sept 22UTEP
Sept 29@ Nebraska
Oct 6Illinois
Oct 13@ Purdue
Oct 20Minnesota
Oct 27Michigan State
Nov 10@ Indiana
Nov 17Ohio State
Nov 24@ Penn State

Do Not Play

Biggest Game
Tough not to call Ohio State the biggest game of the year for the Badgers. It's in week 11, its at home, and it will likely make or break a trip to Lucas Oil Stadium two weeks later for the B1G Championship. Ohio State has little else to play for other than to play spoiler to other elite teams in the league. A loss here would surely open the door for another school to step into the drivers seat on the road to Indy.

Non-Conference Loss
None. Wisconsin is famous for playing pushover non-conf schedules, and 2012 is no different. Wisconsin hasn't lost a regular season non-conf game since the 23-5 loss to to UNLV in 2003.

It's a Trap!
I predict Wisconsin gets stung by Purdue in West Lafayette on Oct 13. This will set up Purdue's improbable run towards Indy on December 1st.

The Game Destined for ESPN3.com
Northern Iowa, Utah State, UTEP. Take your pick.

Final Analysis
There's no question Wisconsin has what it takes to be among the elite teams in the Leaders division. I personally feel its a two-horse race between them and Purdue. There are two very important games on Wisconsin's schedule – Purdue and Ohio State. If they can win both or maybe even either of these games, then I think they could be sitting in Indy on December 1st with 11 or 12 wins. Lose both and they could be one of those teams (like Michigan last year) who has 10 wins, but 2 division losses, and is watching the B1G championship from home.

Fearless Predictions
Non-conference record: 4-0
Division Record: 3-2
Crossover Record: 3-0
Overall: 10-2
Bowl: Outback

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