Last year’s triple overtime loss to Wisconsin was incredibly frustrating. The Badgers entered having won 12 in a row against Purdue, the longest streak of any single opponent against Purdue ever. Purdue had a great chance at home to end it with a multi-possession 4th quarter lead, but couldn’t get it done because Jonathan Taylor was unstoppable. Even in the second overtime Purdue had a chance to win it with Taylor safely on the sidelines, but chose to kick instead of go for two.
So now it is 13 in a row, and the Badgers have a lot to play for. A win over Purdue means they get the Big Ten West championship game next week against Minnesota. For Purdue, it is simple: bowl hopes are officially done if it can’t end a 13 game losing streak to the Badgers, and we’ll probably have to do it with a fourth string walk-on QB (who is undefeated as a starter, however).