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Wisconsin football: this is bowling...there are rules

Where might Wisconsin be playing their final game of the season now that we are heading into Axe Week? Let’s find out!

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The No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers (9-2 overall, 6-2 B1G) remain in second place in the B1G West, one game behind the No. 10 Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-1 overall, 7-1 B1G), after beating the Purdue Boilermakers (4-7 overall, 3-5 B1G) on Saturday afternoon.

ESPN’s College GameDay will be in Minneapolis next Saturday for the clash for Paul Bunyan’s Axe, the B1G West division title and a trip to Indianapolis to play for the conference title.

What sort of bowl implications did this past weekend have on the Badgers? Let’s take a look at where the experts have UW heading:

The consensus after this weekend’s action is that the Badgers are headed to Orlando for the Citrus Bowl against either Auburn or Florida. That’s not a terrible end to the season but it does lead me to believe that a lot of pundits think Wisconsin is going to lose to Minnesota on Saturday.

If the Badgers beat the Gophers and put up a respectable effort against Ohio State in the B1G Title game (not a guarantee on either account) then the Rose Bowl seems to be where they’d be headed. It would be fun to head west and get a Rose rematch with Oregon or take on a Utah team who might even make the Playoff if they keep winning

A worst case scenario, which The Sporting News is subscribing to, is going to the TaxSlayer bowl and playing a Virginia Tech team that just lost to UVa for the first time in a generation. That would be a sad bowl game.