Everything Wisconsin's football team hoped for seemed to fall perfectly into place on Saturday. The Badgers dominated Minnesota, 42-13, at TCF Bank Stadium and received all the help they needed in the race to climb back atop the Leaders Division in the Big Ten.
Losses by Penn State and Ohio State now mean that Wisconsin controls its own fate with two regular-season games remaining. Win those games, and the Badgers (8-2, 4-2) are headed to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.
Wisconsin thoroughly outplayed Minnesota in all facets -- except special teams -- to win its eighth straight game in the battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe.
Handing out grades from Wisconsin's performance:
Rushing offense: A
For the second straight week, the Badgers seemingly could do no wrong offensively. The success of the running game was vital in setting up quarterback Russell Wilson's stellar passing day.
Wisconsin ran the ball 45 times for 283 yards, an average of 6.3 yards per carry. And once ag...