On Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers went into TCF Bank Stadium and beat the Minnesota Gophers 20-7, winning Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the 10th straight time. The win essentially puts Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl, where they will play the third or fourth place SEC team. But which team will that be? Who will play the Badgers in the Outback Bowl?
Auburn- As of right now the Auburn Tigers have the BCS National Championship game on their minds. Auburn, currently ranked sixth in the nation, has a showdown coming against Alabama this weekend. Winner will play in the SEC Championship game. If Alabama wins though, that will put Auburn as the third place SEC team after the SEC championship game between Missouri/South Carolina and Alabama. If they end up playing the Badgers, Wisconsin is going to have to figure out a way to stop the option read, something they have struggled with the last few years. Probably because Wisconsin is not one of the faster teams in America, and the option read is all about speed.
Alabama- Flip the Auburn-Alabama game around this weekend. If Auburn wins, that puts Alabama as the third place SEC team. Now, in order for Alabama to end up in the Outback Bowl, The SEC East champion, either South Carolina or Missouri, would have to beat Auburn in the SEC Championship game. If that happens, Alabama-Wisconsin would be a good old fashioned “line-em’-up-and-lets-see-who’s-still-standing-after-60 minutes” type of game.
Missouri- I would have never in a million years thought the Missouri Tigers would win the SEC East this season, especially after James Franklin’s injury. But here they are, in control of their own destiny. All they have to do is beat Johnny Football this weekend and they will play either Auburn or Alabama in the SEC championship game. If they were to lose though, that would set them up as the third place team, and possibly sets up a matchup with Wisconsin. This is highly unlikely though, as Auburn would have to lose to Alabama, and then be left out of the BCS for that to happen. Auburn is headed for a BCS game one way or the other.
South Carolina- The most likely scenario here is that Wisconsin will play South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. The Gamecocks have had a very up and down season, including several injuries to senior quarterback Conner Shaw. South Carolina is also the most beatable of the four teams Wisconsin might play in the Outback Bowl.