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It appears that Wisconsin will finally return to the football field on Saturday. THANK WHATEVER DEITY OR GOD YOU BELIEVE IN. It has been a loooong two weeks and there are cancellations all over the country this week, but this Saturday night we WILL. HAVE. BADGERS. FOOTBALL. That is music to my ears, and it appears the fans are confident in the came despite their two week hiatus.
According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 92 percent of Badgers fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s the highest mark since the lead-up to the first game of the season.
Wisconsin returns to action as the odds-on-favorite as the team best positioned to compete with Ohio State in the Big Ten. There is even a chance of both teams reaching the CFB Playoffs, although when a national audience was asked, only four percent of fans thought Wisconsin would reach that stage. Clearly they don’t know boy wonder Graham Mertz like us Badger fans do.
For now, fans around the country believe there is a clear-cut playoff picture. There is more than a 50 percent voting gap between the fourth seed in the playoffs and the No. 5 Florida Gators. I think that’s a bit surprising considering Ohio State, who is a strong team, has still only gotten a few games under their belt. Seeing people putting the Big Ten above others bodes well for the Badgers situation.
Notre Dame beat Clemson last week, but still sits behind the Tigers in the fan vote. That may be in part due to the belief held by more than 80 percent of fans that the two teams will face each other one more time this season, giving Clemson a chance at revenge.
The Notre Dame win last week caught much of the country off guard, but it wasn’t the most surprising thing, according to fans. 30 percent of fans said the most surprising result of last week was Penn State remaining winless on the season. Indiana beating Michigan also received more than 10 percent of the vote.
That may explain why the Big Ten received the least amount of votes when fans were asked which of the top three conferences in the country – Big Ten, ACC, SEC – is currently the best. However, despite placing two teams in the fan playoff bracket, the ACC also fell short in that vote to the SEC, which earned more than 50 percent of the vote.
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