Wisconsin vs. Ohio State: Spread Info, Line, BCS Impact and Predictions

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 27, 2011

EAST LANSING, MI - OCTOBER 22:  Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers scores a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on October 22, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Badgers 37-31 on the final play of the game.  (Photo by Mark Cunningham/Getty Images)
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The Wisconsin Badgers look to rebound from their last-second loss to the Michigan State Spartans last week on a Hail Mary pass, and get a crucial Big 10 road win against the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus.

Last week's loss to the Spartans was the Badgers' first conference loss, their first overall defeat, leaving them in very tough shape to earn a BCS title game bid.

Let's divulge a bit deeper into this exciting matchup.


Spread (courtesy of Bodog.com): Wisconsin -7.5


BCS Impact: Wisconsin fell from No. 6 to 15 in the Week 9 BCS standings after their loss last week to Michigan State, and with some good teams remaining on their schedule, every game is a must-win for them.

A loss to Ohio State on Saturday wouldn't be bad just for the fact it's a loss—it would be a defeat to a bad team. Losing to bad teams really hurts your BCS rankings.

If the Badgers want to come close to a BCS bowl game, whether it comes from an at-large bid or an automatic one from winning the Big 10 conference, that journey has to begin with a road win against the Buckeyes this weekend.

Ohio State has no way to make an impact in the BCS unless they win the Big 10, which isn't going to happen unless all the conference's top teams lose multiple times for the rest of the season.

Unfortunately for Buckeyes supporters, that will not happen.


Predictions: Wisconsin will bounce back against a poor Ohio State team that is currently 1-2 in the Big 10 and 4-3 overall.

There is no way the Badgers don't beat the Buckeyes this week, and Ohio State may have caught Wisconsin at the absolute worst time.

Wisconsin will be angry and out to prove they are still an elite team.


Score: Wisconsin wins 48-17