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Ivan Maisel
November 16, 1998
?Wisconsin (9-0) at Michigan (7-2)
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November 16, 1998

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? Wisconsin (9-0) at Michigan (7-2)

The winner clinches a share of the Big Ten title and, in the case of the eighth-ranked Badgers, the trip to the Rose Bowl. The Better Business Bureau already is adding phone lines: Five years ago, when the Badgers last won the conference, travel agents sold Wisconsin fans more trips to Pasadena than they had tickets to the game, which caused such a fracas that the California assembly held hearings on the matter.

Wisconsin ranks first in the nation in rushing defense. However, only one of the six Big Ten teams it has beaten ranks in the top 50 in rushing. Michigan, ranked 70th, has mastered only half of the traditional Big Ten running game: the cloud of dust. Still, the Wolverines will take advantage of playing at home and win—if only because a victory would take them one step closer to tormenting Ohio State again.

? Nebraska (8-2) at Kansas State (9-0)
Fans of the No. 2 Wildcats have been heard taking victory over the Huskers for granted and warning that Kansas State's toughest test will be at Missouri the following week. The devil must be wearing long underwear, because hell surely has frozen over. Dress warmly and go with Kansas State.

?Air Force (8-1) at Wyoming (8-1)
It's a shame the WAC's two best teams are in the Mountain Division, making this the true conference championship game. Ride 'em, Cowboys D.

? North Carolina (4-4) at Virginia (7-2)
Tar Heels freshman quarterback Ronald Curry returns home to the school and the state he spurned. (Curry verbally committed to the Cavaliers, only to change his mind and sign with North Carolina.) The Cavs' victory should salve those hurt feelings.

?Williams (7-0) at Amherst (5-2)
It's the 113th installment of the rivalry, and for the fifth straight year at least one of the two participants is undefeated. Amherst hasn't won in the past II tries. Make it 12.