With Iowa’s win over Nebraska on Friday, the Badgers have officially clinched a berth in next weekend’s Big Ten Championship game, winning the Big Ten West.
Wisconsin had a straightforward path to Indianapolis, win out and the West was theirs. Even if the 9-2 Nebraska Cornhuskers won out, Wisconsin would break the tie with their previous 23-17 win over Nebraska on Halloween. Same with the 7-4 Iowa Hawkeyes and the 8-3 Minnesota Gophers who were both at 5-3 in the Big Ten. Iowa’s win puts Nebraska a game behind Wisconsin, and the West was won.
Wisconsin remains at 6-2 in the Big Ten with losses to Michigan and Ohio State and a 5-0 record in the Big Ten West.
Saturday’s game against Minnesota still holds importance for the Badgers both for their own College Playoff hopes and to maintain their winning streak over the Gophers to keep the Paul Bunyan Axe in Camp Randall Stadium.
This will be the Badgers’ fourth trip to the Big Ten Championship in its six-year history. Wisconsin is 2-1 all-time in said contests.