Because there are nine members of the BuckeyeXtra panel of college football pickers (BXPOCFBP), split decisions just can't happen. Call it the Supreme Court of prognostication. That being said, this weekend's matchup of Ohio State vs. Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship has created as close to a toss-up as there can be among our group.

Because there are nine members of the BuckeyeXtra panel of college football pickers (BXPOCFBP), split decisions just can't happen. Call it the Supreme Court of prognostication.

That being said, this weekend's matchup of Ohio State vs. Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship has created as close to a toss-up as there can be among our group. Look deeped than the five predictions favor the Buckeyes and the four that back the Badgers and you'll see that the average of our forecasted scores is almost a tie:

Ohio State 27.55, Wisconsin 27.11

The numbers:

Week 14 results:

Bobby Carpenter, 8-2
Tim Hall, 8-2
Tim May, 8-2
Bob Hunter, 7-3
Todd Jones, 7-3
Rob Dewolf, 6-4
Rob Oller, 6-4
Bill Rabinowitz, 6-4
Ray Stein, 6-4

Season standings

Hall, 95-45
May, 95-45
Oller, 95-45
Dewolf, 93-47
Carpenter, 92-48
Rabinowitz, 92-48
Hunter, 91-49
Jones, 91-49
Stein, 91-49

This week's games:

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Central Florida at East Carolina
Arizona vs. Oregon
Bowling Green vs. Northern Illinois
Louisiana Tech at Marshall
Houston at Cincinnati
Oklahoma State at Oklahoma
Missouri vs. Alabama
Florida State vs. Georgia Tech
Kansas State at Baylor

This week's picks:

Bobby Carpenter, 97.1 The Fan

Last week: 8-2; Overall: 92-48

Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 20: Can Cardale keep up with the Joneses? He won't have to be No.5 or 16, because the offense has matured and is ready for the challenge. The defense rips a page out of last year's Wisky game plan.

Central Florida over East Carolina
Arizona over Oregon
Northern Illinois over Bowling Green
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnati over Houston
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Alabama over Missouri
Georgia Tech over Florida State
Baylor over Kansas State

Rob Dewolf, BuckeyeXtra editor

Last week: 6-4; Overall: 93-47

Wisconsin 31, Ohio State 20: Buckeye Nation should be more concerned about Melvin Gordon than Cardale Jones.

East Carolina over Central Florida
Oregon over Arizona
Northern Illinois over Bowling Green
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnati over Houston
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Alabama over Missouri
Florida State over Georgia Tech
Baylor over Kansas State

Tim Hall, 97.1 The Fan

Last week: 8-2; Overall: 95-45

Ohio State 24, Wisconsin 21: Cardale Jones finds some of that "first start" magic and plays well, but Gordon still gets his 175 yards and two touchdowns. We'll be on pins and needles on Selection Sunday to see whether it's enough.

Central Florida over East Carolina
Oregon over Arizona
Northern Illinois over Bowling Green
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnat over Houston
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Alabama over Missouri
Georgia Tech over Florida State
Baylor over Kansas State

Bob Hunter, Dispatch sports columnist

Last week: 7-3; Overall: 91-49

Wisconsin 28, Ohio State 24: Offensive sputters bring difficult end to difficult week for the Buckeyes.

East Carolina over Central Florida
Oregon over Arizona
Northern Illinois over Bowling Green
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnati over Houston
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Alabama over Missouri
Florida State over Georgia Tech
Baylor over Kansas State

Todd Jones, Dispatch college football writer

Last week: 7-3; Overall: 91-49

Ohio State 24, Wisconsin 20: The Buckeyes win the Big Ten title by scaling back the playbook for emergency QB Cardale Jones and tightening up the run defense enough to keep Melvin Gordon from running wild.

East Carolina over Central Florida
Oregon over Arizona
Northern Illinois over Bowling Green
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnati over Houston
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Alabama over Missouri
Florida State over Georgia Tech
Baylor over Kansas State

Tim May, Dispatch beat writer

Last week: 8-2; Overall: 95-45

Ohio State 31, Wisconsin 24: Cardale Jones, Jalin Marshall and the Buckeyes find a way while the OSU defense gets in Melvin Gordon's way just enough.

Central Florida over East Carolina
Oregon over Arizona
Bowling Green over Northern Illinois
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnati over Houston
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Alabama over Missouri
Georgia Tech over Florida State
Kansas State over Baylor

Rob Oller, Dispatch sports columnist

Last week: 6-4; Overall: 95-45

Wisconsin 34, Ohio State 28: Buckeyes give gallant effort, but combination of offense being slightly out of sync and defense getting nicked just enough by Badgers' running game gives Wisky the edge.

East Carolina over Central Florida
Oregon over Arizona
Northern Illinois over Bowling Green
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnati over Houston
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Alabama over Missouri
Florida State over Georgia Tech
Baylor over Kansas State

Bill Rabinowitz, Dispatch beat writer

Last week: 6-4; Overall: 92-48

Ohio State 35, Wisconsin 28: Losing Barrett hurts, but Jones is surrounded by a strong supporting cast. If Jones is competent and Gordon doesn't run wild, Buckeyes can prevail.

East Carolina over Central Florida
Oregon over Arizona
Northern Illinois over Bowling Green
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnati over Houston
Oklahoma over Oklahoma State
Alabama over Missouri
Georgia Tech over Florida State
Baylor over Kansas State

Ray Stein, Dispatch sports editor

Last week: 6-4; Overall: 91-49

Wisconsin 38, Ohio State 35: Even before the Buckeyes' MVP went down, the question was going to be whether OSU could slow down the Melvin Gordon express. Chugga chugga.

Central Florida over East Carolina
Oregon over Arizona
Northern Illinois over Bowling Green
Marshall over Louisiana Tech
Cincinnati over Houston
Oklahoma State over Oklahoma
Alabama over Missouri
Georgia Tech over Florida State
Baylor over Kansas State