Not often are fans treated to the tension of November football in mid-October.
But this is exactly what viewers of Saturday's game pitting the Wisconsin Badgers against the Purdue Boilermakers will receive.
The showdown in West Lafayette will put one team in the driver's seat for the Leaders Division title and the loser essentially in the rear-view mirror.
Wisconsin is beginning to feel its traditional power once again. The Badgers hung with Nebraska after almost every prediction had the team being blown out. Wisconsin then flexed its muscles against Illinois.
Purdue is off to a better than expected start. The Boilermakers raised eyebrows by blowing out Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Michigan, only to lose close to Notre Dame and lose big against Michigan.
It will take a little harmony—no turnovers and some solid special teams—for Wisconsin to get the keys to the Big Ten Championship race.