Posted by Adam Jacobi
INDIANA WILL WIN IF: At least 20 players for Wisconsin somehow get lost on the way to the stadium. Indiana simply doesn't have the talent to line up across from Wisconsin and compete on an equal playing field. When the Hoosiers went to Wisconsin last year, they came home with an 83-20 loss to show for it. The scary thing is, with Russell Wilson at the helm, this Badger offense might be even better than it was last year. So whatcha gonna do, Hoosiers, when Russellmania runs wild on you?
WISCONSIN WILL WIN IF: Nothing goes horribly, horribly wrong. Wisconsin is favored by about 40 points in this contest, and if last year is any indication, that's probably too low. Indiana has a little bit of feistiness to it this season -- the Hoosiers led Illinois 10-0 last week before succumbing 41-20 -- but the talent just isn't there in Bloomington yet, so Wisconsin just has to go out, do what it wants to do on offense and defense, and come away with an easy victory.
X-FACTOR: Injuries. For as heavily as Wisconsin is favored and for as likely as the Badgers to win, the game still needs to be played, and over the course of 60 minutes, someone's probably going to go down with an injury. If Wisconsin's key contributors all come out of the game reasonably healthy, then the Badgers will have exactly what they want out of the game: one more victory and one more step toward the Big Ten Championship.
As for Indiana, this game's probably going to be an opportunity to get a lot of young players on the field by the time the fourth quarter rolls around and give them some valuable experience against what'll probably be the best offense they're ever going to face during their time with the Hoosiers. Again, you hope as many guys stay healthy as possible, you put in your work, and you look forward to the next game.
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