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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats Pick & Prediction NOV 21TH 2020

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The No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats took control of the Big Ten West Division with a statement victory over the visiting No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon.

With the running game only accumulating 24 yards, Peyton Ramsey stepped up for the Wildcats (5-0) with 203 passing yards and two touchdowns.

For the Badgers (2-1), redshirt freshman quarterback Graham Mertz struggled against a menacing defensive front, finishing with three interceptions.

Northwestern had the perfect start to the game. After holding Wisconsin to a three-and-out on its first possession, the Wildcats drove down the field with Ramsey finding Charlie Mangieri for a 2-yard touchdown.

In the middle of the first quarter, Northwestern and Wisconsin had one of the craziest three-play sequences of the season.

First, Wildcats linebacker Paddy Fisher knocked the ball out of the hands of running back Garrett Groshek, and Blake Gallagher recovered the loose ball.

Immediately after that, on a double-reverse trick play, wide receiver Riley Lees found fellow wideout Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman wide open down the field. It was a touchdown on the field but was overturned when the referees ruled Chiaokhiao-Bowman had been forced out at the 1-yard line.

On the next play, Isaiah Bowser fumbled on the goal line, and Wisconsin recovered. A few plays later, Mertz found a streaking Chimere Dike for a 49-yard touchdown pass.

So instead of a 14-0 lead and all the momentum in the world, Northwestern found itself tied at 7 with Wisconsin.

In the first half, the Wildcats forced four turnovers, but only scored points off the last one. Brandon Joseph intercepted Mertz for the second time in the game with 2:15 remaining in the half.

On the ensuing drive, Ramsey found Chiaokhiao-Bowman in the back of the end zone for a beautiful toe drag catch for a touchdown to go up 14-7.

The third quarter was a punting free-for-all. The first nine possessions totaled 29 plays and 39 yards.

Charlie Kuhbander kicked a 32-yard field goal early in the fourth for Northwestern to go up 17-7.

Wisconsin finished with five turnovers and was minus-4 in TO ratio for the game.

--Field Level Media

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  • @Oregon L 27 - 28
  • Ohio State L 34 - 21
  • @Minnesota W 38 - 17
  • Purdue W 24 - 45
  • @Nebraska W 37 - 21
  • Iowa W 22 - 24
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  • @Michigan State L 20 - 29
  • Wisconsin W 7 - 17
  • @Purdue W 27 - 20
  • Nebraska W 13 - 21
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  • Minnesota L 38 - 22
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  • Purdue L 24 - 22

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Last Injuries

Northwestern Wildcats

  • Nigel Williams

    Out indefinitely | out

    Williams has been sidelined due to an unknown issue, and it is unknown how long it will prevent him from competing.

  • Trey Pugh

    Out indefinitely | out

    Pugh has been out due to an unspecified reason, and it has yet to be determined when he will return to the fold.

  • Carl Richardson

    Out indefinitely | out

    Richardson has been sitting out due to an undefined ailment, and it is unknown when he will suit up next.

  • Hunter Welcing

    Out indefinitely | out

    Welcing has been sidelined by an unspecified injury, and it has yet to be established when he will return to the lineup.

  • Hunter Renner

    Out indefinitely | out

    Renner has been sitting out due to an unlisted issue, and it is unknown how long it will keep him from being available.

  • Maxwell Skidmore

    Out indefinitely | out

    Skidmore has been sitting out due to an unlisted issue, and it has yet to be established for how long he will be prevented from playing.

  • Luka Trifunovic

    Out indefinitely | out

    Trifunovic has been held out of action due to an undisclosed reason, and it is unknown when he will be permitted to suit again.

  • Raymond Niro III

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Niro has sat out the last three games due to an unlisted issue, and it remains to be seen if it will prevent him from being pencilled into the lineup Saturday against Minnesota.

Wisconsin Badgers

  • Titus Toler

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Toler was absent from the lineup during the last game with an injury to an unlisted area, and it is up in the air if he will line up against Indiana on Saturday.

  • Chase Wolf

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Wolf is displaying symptoms of COVID-19, and missed the previous four games. It is unknown if he will be cleared to face Indiana on Saturday.

  • Josh Seltzner

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Seltzner has sat out the last two games due to an unspecified issue, and it is unclear if he will participate on Saturday against Indiana.

  • Rachad Wildgoose

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Wildgoose left the last game with a shoulder injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be good to go for Saturday's game against Indiana.

  • Kendric Pryor

    Upper Body
    Prob Sat | probable

    Pryor missed the last game with an upper-body injury, but it is projected that he will face Indiana on Saturday.

  • Mike Maskalunas

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Maskalunas sat out the previous game with an undefined ailment, and it is undetermined if he will play Saturday versus Indiana.

  • Danny Davis III

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Davis III was held out of the previous game due to an unknown reason, and his status for Saturday's clash against Indiana is up in the air.

  • Jack Dunn

    Lower Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Dunn left the last game with a lower body injury, and his status for Saturday's contest against Indiana is in question.