The Big Ten West will likely be decided in a matter of hours.
Let that sink in for a minute. The No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats are set to face off against the No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers in a classic rivalry between two division foes, but this one seems to mean more than the rest. The two undefeated teams will clash at Ryan Field, both with hopes of clearing an easy path to Indianapolis next month. The Wildcats will look to upset Wisconsin on the national stage and prove themselves once again.
Northwestern has come away with four hard-fought wins so far this season, but Saturday’s matchup is the ultimate test. With young star quarterback Graham Mertz and the stellar Wisconsin defense making the trip to Evanston, Pat Fitzgerald’s squad has its work cut out for them.
But if Northwestern can find its fifth straight win, the possibilities for the rest of this season are endless.
Location: Ryan Field (Evanston, Illinois)
Game Time: 2:30 p.m. CT
Radio: WGN Radio AM-720, WNUR Sports 89.3 FM
Betting line: Wisconsin -7.5, O/U 44 (SportsLine)
SP+ Projection: 30-15 Wisconsin (81% chance of a Wisconsin win)