This is an important game! Seriously! It might be the single most consequential game in the Big Ten in terms of the postseason landscape, and we are not making that up. Indiana is involved in a very, very important football game in November. In 2012. For real.
Thanks to the postseason bans levied on Ohio State and Penn State, Indiana and Wisconsin are the only two teams in the Leaders Division with a shot at going to the Big Ten Championship Game—mainly because we're heading into the second week of November and they're the only two Leaders Division teams with so much as a single conference win.
Wisconsin's sitting at 3-2 in the conference, while Indiana's at 2-3. If Wisconsin wins this game, it clinches a Big Ten title game berth, as there'll be no way for the Hoosiers to catch up.
If Indiana wins, though, look out; both teams will be at 3-3 and Indiana will hold the tiebreaker. Oh, and Wisconsin still has to finish off the season against Ohio State and Penn State, while Indiana gets Penn State and Purdue.
Confession time: We really, really want to pick Indiana in this game. If the Big Ten's going to be such a mess this season, it should embrace that mess, and there's no better way to do so than putting a 6-6 Hoosier team in its championship game.
Alas, this is a likely Wisconsin win. The Badgers will miss QB Joel Stave, but Indiana's rush defense is so permissive that Wisconsin should be able to pound the rock about 50-60 times and rack up several touchdowns. But we'll always remember how close we were to the highest of comedy.
Final score: Wisconsin 38, Indiana 27