Wisconsin visits State College for the regular-season finale in 2012, and who knows if the game will carry the same importance it did in 2011, where the winner advanced to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis. While the Badgers may be the favorite in the division once again, considering Ohio State is ineligible in 2012 for postseason play, it still has some questions to answer with 11 total starters back from a team that reached—and lost—the Rose Bowl for a second straight season.
Montee Ball returns at running back, but Wisconsin loses Russell Wilson. Will they Badgers have a quarterback that can be as effective as Wilson was against Penn State? Who is to say Wisconsin won't be struggling down the stretch? So far away, this game is really tough to predict, but for now the key will be simple for Penn State. If the Nittany Lions can slow down Ball, who rushed for 156 yards and four touchdowns against Penn State last season, they have a decent chance of staying in the game and making a run for a win.
Of course, slowing down a potential Heisman favorite is always easier said than done, but if the defense stays healthy it is certainly not outlandish to think about.
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