Big Ten Predictions as Conference Play Begins

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Sep 12, 2015; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Cardale Jones (12) looks to throw the ball during the game against the Hawaii Warriors at Ohio Stadium. The Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Hawaii Warriors by the score of 38-0. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Who wins the Big Ten Championship game?

Erik Buchinger: For the second straight season, Ohio State will take down Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. With a potential College Football Playoff spot on the line, the Badgers will play better than they did in last year’s 59-0 title game loss. They certainly cannot play any worse. The improvement of Joel Stave will make the game closer than expected, but the Buckeyes will win by double digits and return to the Playoff.

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Taylor Johnson: Plain and simple, whoever wins the East division will win the Big Ten championship. It seems like a cop-out answer but I don’t see any team from the West knocking off a team from the East. It will either be Ohio State or Michigan State and once again it comes down to who comes away from that game as the victor. I’ll go with the Buckeyes, but would not be surprised one bit to see Michigan State come away with the Big Ten crown.

Jim Oxley: Ohio State. It’s really not a tough call to make, as much as it hurts to say it as a Badgers fan. The Buckeyes (and the Spartans, if it ends up being them) are miles ahead of everyone in the West. the Badgers won’t be on the losing end of an insane shutout like last year, but they don’t have what it takes yet to take down this Buckeyes squad.

Rayan Vatti: Ohio State beats Wisconsin. Not 59-0 though. Much, much closer. I hate to say it, but they just have too much talent in their front 7. Just like against Alabama, Wisconsin will struggle to run the football. But Ohio State also has a stronger secondary, so Joel Stave may not be as efficient as he was against Alabama. Wisconsin’s defense should keep it close, but Ohio State will win.

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