The Wisconsin Badgers have made three straight appearances in the Rose Bowl and two straight in the Big Ten title game — it’s first two seasons in existence — but it looks like they might miss out for the first time since 2009. Wisconsin is in second place in the division and will likely miss out because of the unbeaten Ohio State Buckeyes.
On the other side of the field, the Indiana Hoosiers are just two wins away from bowl eligibility this season and it looks like the Hoosiers will have a tough road to achieve a bowl bid. With an explosive offense and zero defense, the Hoosiers will likely be sitting at home once again this bowl season.
Wisconsin has one of the best rushing attacks in the nation with Melvin Gordon and James White leading the way in the backfield. The duo has the Badgers ranked 10th in the nation in rushing yards per game with nearly 300. Gordon leads the way with 1,160 yards and 11 touchdowns on 8.1 yards per carry while White has 951 yards and 11 touchdowns on 6.3 yards per carry. Joel Stave leads the passing game with 1,826 yards and 16 touchdowns, hitting Jared Abbrederis 54 times for 849 yards and six touchdowns.
Indiana has an offense that can keep it in every single game, but the defense is the problem. The passing offense ranks 12th in the nation in yards per game through the air behind quarterback Nate Sudfeld who has 2,182 yards and 19 touchdowns. Cody Latimer leads all receivers with 55 catches for 884 yards and eight touchdowns on 16.1 yards per catch. Tevin Coleman leads the 33rd-ranked rushing offense with 958 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season with over seven yards per carry.
Defensively, the Hoosiers have a mediocre squad, ranking 114th in the nation in points allowed. While they allow a ton of points, they also allow a ton of yards per game, ranking 123rd in the nation. Wisconsin is much better than the Hoosiers in this department, ranking fifth in points allowed per game and ninth in yards allowed per game.
Indiana will travel to Wisconsin to take on the Badgers at 12 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 16. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN 2.
PREDICTION: Indiana 27, Wisconsin 37