ESPN FPI sees a Wisconsin vs. Ohio State Big Ten Championship matchup (again)

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Wisconsin is two wins away from its third trip to the Big Ten Championship game since 2017. After a 1-3 start to the season that included two conference losses, it would’ve been hard to envision the team sitting where it does (first place in the Big Ten West) with two weeks remaining.

Related: Big Ten Power Rankings after Week 11 — Wisconsin keeps pace

First up for the Badgers on that path is a home showdown with 3-7 (1-6 Big Ten) Nebraska—a team where the record doesn’t exactly represent its quality on the football field.

Then the Badgers will travel to Minneapolis to close out their season against Minnesota. The game figured to decide the Big Ten West a few weeks ago, though now the Gophers need help in addition to beating the surging Badgers.

After the results from around the Big Ten yesterday, ESPN FPI projects yet another Wisconsin vs. Ohio State matchup in the Big Ten Championship game.

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Five takeaways from Wisconsin's 35-7 win over Northwestern

Nov. 20 vs. Nebraska

Aug 28, 2021; Champaign, Illinois, USA; Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (2) runs past Illinois defensive lineman Keith Randolph Jr. (88) in the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Predicted Winner: Wisconsin
Badgers Win Probability: 70.3% (Previous: 68.3%)

Projected running record: 8-3

Nov. 27 at Minnesota

Sep 2, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Gophers running back Bryce Williams (21) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Huntington Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Predicted Winner: Wisconsin
Badgers Win Probability: 65.3% (Previous: 64.6%)

Projected running record: 9-3

Ohio State remaining schedule

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) throws a pass during the third quarter of the NCAA football game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021.
Ohio State Buckeyes At Indiana Hoosiers

Ohio State’s remaining win probabilities, with its projected conference record:

  • vs. Michigan State: 86.2% (8-0)

  • at Michigan: 61.6% (9-0)

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