Ohio State edged Wisconsin, 27-21, in the 2017 B1G Championship Game. Although the 2017 season isn’t even over, BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart predicted next year’s winner.
While Dienhart expects Wisconsin to back back in Indianapolis for a third straight season and its sixth appearance in eight years.
The Badgers return their entire starting line, along with star running back Jonathan Taylor, while the defense has linebackers Ryan Connelly and T.J. Edwards, and safeties D’Cota Dixon and Nick Nelson back.
Representing the East will be Penn State, Dienhart predicts.
Penn State likely will be without star running back Saquon Barkley, who figures to turn pro, but the Nittany Lions’ offense still will return a lot of talent led by quarterback Trace McSorley.
One of Penn State’s biggest question mark will be how the team adjusts to new offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne, who takes over for departed Joe Moorhead.
If Penn State and Wisconsin met in the 2018 B1G Championship, it would be a rematched of the 2016 title game, which Penn State won 38-31.