MADISON, Wis. -- Chris Borland isn't ashamed to admit he had a significant rooting interest in Saturday's Northwestern-Ohio State football game. For the sake of Wisconsin's Big Ten championship hopes, he was pulling for the Wildcats to spring an upset.
"I was, yeah," said Borland, the Badgers' fifth-year linebacker. "I don't know if I'm supposed to say that, but I'm pretty much sure everyone can assume."
It's only October, but Wisconsin players have been put in the unfavorable position of watching and hoping for a near miracle -- two regular-season Ohio State losses for an opportunity to return to the Big Ten championship game.
Saturday was one of the rare games in which Ohio State appeared vulnerable, even trailing with less than six minutes remaining. The Buckeyes would go on to edge the Wildcats, 40-30, in Evanston to maintain their stranglehold on the Leaders Division.
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