Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Wisconsin Badgers: Complete Game Preview

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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Wisconsin Badgers: Complete Game Preview
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Two teams in two totally different places will face off this Saturday in Madison as the Penn State Nittany Lions hope to close the season with a winning record while the Wisconsin Badgers have BCS bowl aspirations.

Penn State, 6-5, is coming off of its third overtime game of the season, a 23-20 loss to Nebraska on Senior Day.

Wisconsin raised their record to 9-2 with a 20-7 win over Minnesota.

The last time these two teams faced each other, Penn State came away with an overtime victory at Beaver Stadium on an emotional Senior Day featuring helmets decorated with Mike Mauti's No. 42.

Wisconsin's ground game gets the publicity, averaging nearly 300 yards per game and producing two running backs with over 1,200 yards this year. However, the defense has been stellar, allowing just 13.4 points per game and holding seven of 11 opponents under 10 points.

Penn State has found its footing in the ground game as well, averaging over 224 yards per game during the last four contests.

A Wisconsin win would solidify the argument that they deserve BCS consideration while a Penn State win would continue the streak of eight consecutive winning seasons.


Time: 3:30 p.m. ET

Place: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.


Radio: Penn State Network Affiliates

Spread: Penn State is a 24 point underdog this weekend, the largest spread it has faced this year, according to

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