- Phil Steele, ESPN Staff Writer
My bold predictions had a hard time this past week, in part because Oregon State was unable to hold on to a 23-14 second-half lead at Stanford, and I ended up going 1-3.
Here are this week's bold predictions.
1. At least one of the four remaining unbeaten teams will lose this Saturday
Three weeks ago, we had 11 unbeaten teams, and we had six just last week. Entering the final couple of weeks, there are four left, with only three having a shot at playing in the national championship game. All four play this weekend, with Kansas State taking on Baylor, Notre Dame playing Wake Forest, a beat-up Oregon squad hosting a physical Stanford team and often-forgotten undefeated Ohio State travelling to Camp Randall Stadium to take on Wisconsin, which clinched the Leaders Division title this past week with a resounding 62-14 win at Indiana.
Although the other three teams are less likely to slip up (especially K-State and Notre Dame, which are playing far inferior opponents), I think the Buckeyes' unbeaten dreams will fall by the wayside at the hands of the Badgers. If you remember the last time the Buckeyes ventured into Camp Randall, they arrived undefeated and ranked No. 1 back in 2010. They left that night, however, with their lone loss of the season (12-1) as they succumbed to the relentless Badgers' run offense and fell 31-18.
25mSam Khan Jr.
4hMitch Sherman and Josh Moyer
4dSharon Katz, ESPN Stats & Information
4dAndrea Adelson and Matt Fortuna