COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Three weeks ago, Wisconsin seemed to be cruising toward a season to remember, unbeaten and in the running for a shot at a national championship.
Meanwhile, Ohio State was 0-2 in conference play and seemingly playing out the string in a season beset with NCAA problems, suspensions and bad breaks.
How quickly things have changed.
The Badgers, once No. 4 and considered an elite team, have been deflated by two soul-crushing defeats on successive Saturday nights on the road.
The Buckeyes, their season all but written off, now find themselves a strong contender to play in the first Big Ten championship game -- if they get a little help.
Two teams, different outcomes, different perspectives. One is down, the other feels it has turned the corner.
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