The Real Easy Road to the Big Ten Title
The hype all summer long was the Purdue Boilermakers had an easy road to the Big Ten title. Purdue did not have to play Michigan or Ohio State, and got another Big Ten favorite Iowa at home. No one gave the three game stretch of at Wisconsin, at Penn State, and home against Michigan State a second thought as being a tough. Michigan, Ohio State, and Iowa are a combined 10-5, while Wisconsin, Penn State, and Michigan State are 14-1 and very close to being undefeated.
The real easy road to the title starts in Madison, Wisconsin. The Badgers miss Ohio State and Michigan State this year, have already beaten Michigan at home, and Purdue and Iowa must travel to Madison. The only two roads are difficult, at Minnesota and Penn State.
Barry Alvarez has a very good chance to retire at the top of the Big Ten. Dare I say on top of the country?