Three B1G games listed as Campus Insider's biggest contests
This weekend carries a lot of weight for a lot of B1G teams.
The winner of the Ohio State-Michigan game is assumed to get a bid in the College Football Playoff. Penn State keeps its B1G title hopes alive with a win over Michigan State and a Wolverines loss. Wisconsin wins the West with a win over Minnesota or Nebraska can clinch if it beats Iowa and the Badgers lose.
Got all that? Good.
Because of all those implications, three B1G matchups have made the top 10 list of biggest games for the final weekend, according to Campus Insider.
Nebraska-Iowa ranked No. 9 on the list and Minnesota-Wisconsin came in three spots later at No. 6. The one that everyone will be watching – Michigan-Ohio State – was easily the top choice as the No. 2 Buckeyes and the No. 3 Wolverines battle in the biggest game since 2006.
Statistically speaking, there’s little separation between the resumes of the Wolverines and the Buckeyes. They’re almost identical—oppressive defensively, particularly in the trenches and the secondary, and a little inconsistent offensively. The difference: quarterback. Michigan starter Wilton Speight is hurting, and backup John O’Korn was ineffective last week versus Indiana. Ohio State, though, will lean on its steady veteran, J.T. Barrett, to direct a second-half drive or two that provides the Buckeyes with the winning margin for the 14th time in the last 16 meetings.
The site went on to pick the winners for every game on the list, as well. Cirminiello has Iowa upsetting Nebraska but believes Wisconsin and Ohio State will secure wins at home.
A Buckeyes win would be significant, as it could keep the door open for Penn State’s bid at a College Football Playoff berth by defeating Michigan State on Saturday.
There’s still a lot of different scenarios that could play out as we head into the final week of the season. There’s no doubt, the B1G is a conference to keep an eye on all weekend long.