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    Wisconsin looks to stay on top of Big Ten

    Updated: November 19th, 2010
  • CollegeFooballBreakdown.com

    The Badgers don’t control their destiny but are currently leading the Big Ten Championship tie-breaker if the season ended today. But it doesn’t. With the seventh highest BCS average in the country, the Badgers are ranked higher than the Buckeyes who play Iowa this week. If three teams are tied with one loss the winner of the Big Ten is the highest BCS ranked team. However, if there are only two teams left, the tie-breaker is head to head. Wisconsin’s biggest fear is that Iowa beats Ohio State this week leaving the Spartans and Badgers tied with the tie-breaker going to the Spartans because of the their victory over the Badgers earlier in the year. Imagine that, the biggest Buckeye fans this week will not be from Ohio but rather Wisconsin.

    After putting up 83 points last week, the Badgers get another poor defense which they should be able to control the ball against. Wisconsin will do it’s usual, pound the ball and control the time of possession to keep the explosive Wolverine offense off the field. They should be able to accomplish this as the Michigan Defense who will be energized to start has been vulnerable in all phases of defense. The real question for the Badgers this week will be how well their defense will hold up on the road verse QB Deonard Robinson and company. The Wolverines will try to stretch the Badgers out and get their playmakers the ball in space. Defensive End JJ Watt can make it difficult for opposing offenses to get to the edge because of his great quickness and instincts. That should help on one side of the line. But Michigan should have success when going away from Watt. Fortunately for the Badgers, their linebacking crew has been sure tackling and physical which helps greatly when dealing with Robinson.

    The final outcome of this game should be determined by how many stops the Badger defense cam make because there is little doubt that Wisconsin will hang up at least 30 on Michigan. I expect Michigan to make plays but the Badger defense should rise up enough to seal the victory.

    Big Ten Analyst-John Jacobson

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    JJBeatz

    John "JJBeatz" Jacobson is a handicapping analyst who covers the Big Ten, Sun Belt, MAC, Big East, Big 12 and Conference USA for www.collegefootballbreakdown.com. His nickname, "JJBeatz" was given to him by colleagues on Wall Street for his ability to make them money betting college football. JJBeatz is short for JJ beats the spread.

    John's passion for the sport of college football began when he played his first parlay card in elementary school. His fascination with making informative predictions allowed for a smooth transition into equity analysis and trading on Wall Street. As John often says, "Similar skills, such as money management, an analytical mind, hard work, an attention to detail, and perseverance, are needed in both trading and sports betting." JJ continues to work on his craft and loves to make people money.

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