Wisconsin defend unbeaten run

14 November 2017 20:41:19 GMTPlus11

The Wisconsin Badgers moved up one place in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll over the weekend and now sit fifth in the nation with a 10-0 record.

One of four remaining undefeated sides, along with Alabama, Miami and UCF, Wisconsin has issues in making the College Football Playoff due to a poor non-conference schedule and a weak Big Ten West Division that afforded them games against generally unrated opposition.

That and no Ohio State, Penn State nor Michigan State on the slate is not a recipe for success.

The Iowa Hawkeyes were ranked 25th by the AP for the game over the weekend which the Badgers won 38-14 and this week's opponent, the Michigan Wolverines, are #19th in the current rankings that came out on Sunday.

Not surprisingly both Oklahoma and Clemson with one-loss each are ranked ahead of Wisconsin, along with Alabama and Miami.

It was the Wisconsin defense that set the tone in Saturday's win over the Hawkeyes at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Iowa would only score on two pick-six interceptions by Josh Jackson, but was otherwise completely stymied.

The Badgers clinched the West Division title with the victory and must play both Michigan and the Minnesota Golden Gophers before heading to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Conference title game.

Wisconsin seems likely to face Ohio State at the Lucas Oil Stadium who hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over both Penn State and Michigan State.

It is possible for Michigan to crash the party, but they'd need to defeat both the Badgers and then the Buckeyes and see how the tiebreakers worked out if multiple teams had two Conference losses.

Wisconsin are 13.00 to win the NCAAF Championship, with Alabama 2.80 and Clemson 3.25.

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