There are few things better in college football than a heated revenge game on a Saturday night.
It’s no secret that football teams want to win every game on the schedule. However, it is also no secret that certain games mean a little bit more than all the others.
Sometimes it is a big-time, in-state rivalry game. Others, it is a revenge game after a missed opportunity spoiled an otherwise great season. On certain, sometimes rare occasions, it is both.
Either way, you can count on a revenge game featuring fiery emotion and big-time plays. With that in mind, here are the top five revenge games around the B1G in 2019:
Penn State – Ohio State
The last two games in the series have each been decided by a point. Penn State and Trace McSorley had a great shot to drive for a winning field goal last season before a failed fourth-down conversion effectively ended the game. The Nittany Lions will face another tough task this year in Columbus.
Michigan – Michigan State
The battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy may as well be an annual revenge game. In 2018, it was Michigan State’s stagnant offense and Michigan’s elite defense that were the main storylines. Can the Spartans pull off a win in Ann Arbor this season? Michigan last won back-to-back games in the series from 2002-07.
Michigan – Ohio State
Is any explanation needed? The Wolverines stood on the cusp of a trip to the B1G Championship Game and a potential berth to the College Football Playoff last season before a 62-39 drubbing in Columbus. This year, Jim Harbaugh’s squad goes for revenge, and they’ll be playing at The Big House in Ann Arbor.
Wisconsin – Minnesota
One of the more shocking wins of 2018 had to be Minnesota knocking off Wisconsin 37-15 in Madison. The victory stopped a 14-game winning streak by the Badgers in the series. Now Wisconsin will look for some revenge on the road in 2019.
Nebraska – Iowa
Scott Frost’s squad was playing for pride in 2018 and came up just short in a 31-28 loss to the Hawkeyes to end the season. That made it four straight wins for Iowa in the series. Now the Cornhuskers are back for revenge, and there could be a lot more on the line when these two teams square off this season.