What happened: The Badgers (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten) hammered, hammered and hammered away until Michigan finally broke, scoring the final 17 points and pulling away for a 24-10 home win against the Wolverines. Freshman sensation Jonathan Taylor found some room late to finish with 132 rushing yards. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook recovered from a spotty opening 2 1/2 quarters to throw a touchdown strike to A.J. Taylor that gave the hosts the lead for good.
What it means: The No. 5 team in the latest College Football Playoff rankings isn’t going anywhere without a fight. With Miami rallying to top Virginia and stay unbeaten, it is going to be hard to picture Bucky cracking the top 4 when the new Top 25 is unveiled on Tuesday, although they’re not going to tumble, either. The mission now: Take care of business in Minneapolis, notch the first 12-0 season in school history, come back from the Twin Cities healthy and get ready for one of the biggest single games ever for the Badgers — a showdown against Ohio State (9-2) in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Projected record: Massey Ratings — 12-0; TeamRankings.com — 12-0
Projected postseason destination: Peach Bowl, Jan. 1, in Atlanta, versus an at-large opponent — very likely UCF
Cheapest seat on TicketCity.com as of Sunday: $84
Up next: at Minnesota on Saturday. The Gophers (5-6, 2-6) weren’t bad in Evanston in Week 12 — they were dreadful, getting steamrolled 39-0 at Northwestern. Team Fleck turned the ball over 5 times — quarterback Demry Croft completed more passes to Wildcats defenders (3) than to his own targets (2) — and surrendered a whopping 277 rushing yards on a snowy day at Ryan Field. Goldy has proven to be a bit saltier at home, generally, but the more the Badgers put the game in the hands of Croft’s passing touch (or lack thereof), the more comfortable this one figures to be.