Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game will feature a rematch of October’s Ohio State-Wisconsin matchup. The Buckeyes got the better of the Badgers in the first meeting, and the stakes are much higher this time.
Ohio State boasts the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation and is coming off a dominating win over Michigan. They’re 12-0 and widely considered one of the two or three best teams in the nation – if not the best. Few teams have been able to slow them down, let alone stop them, and the Buckeyes are racing towards a national title.
Wisconsin would probably be vying for a College Football Playoff bid if not for a stunning loss at Illinois. But with that loss combined with their home loss to Ohio State the following week, even winning the Big Ten title probably won’t be enough to get them into the national title conversation.
ESPN’s computer model has released its prediction for the Big Ten Championship Game.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Ohio State has a big advantage. The computer model gives the Buckeyes a 81.6 percent chance to win this Saturday’s game.
In their 38-7 win over the Badgers in October, defensive end Chase Young made his Heisman Trophy case with a multi-sack performance. After a quiet game against Michigan, he could be poised to bring the hammer down against Wisconsin.
The game will be played at 8 p.m. EST on FOX.