In perhaps the most confusing result of the 2019 college football season, Wisconsin fell to Illinois, 24-23, on Saturday afternoon. It's a loss that crushes the Badgers' College Football Playoff hopes. It also really hurts the Big Ten - and the best team in the conference.
Ohio State and Wisconsin are slated to play next Saturday. The game was supposed to be a matchup of two top ten teams. Now, surely, the Badgers will not be ranked that high next week.
Wisconsin's loss really hurts Ohio State for two reasons.
- While Wisconsin was already likely to be hyped up for the contest, the Badgers now have a lot more to prove. Ohio State is going to get a ticked off Wisconsin team.
- Ohio State's margin of error regarding the College Football Playoff is reduced. A loss to Wisconsin would doom the Buckeyes. A win over them doesn't count as much as it would have if the Badgers were undefeated.
Ohio State is going to make the playoff if it goes undefeated. But if it loses a game, it may lack the quality wins necessary to get an invite.
Ohio State still has games against Wisconsin, Penn State and Michigan. If it wins all three, it probably reaches the Big Ten title game undefeated.