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Quarterback Russell Wilson can still lead No. 17 Wisconsin to the Leaders Division title, but Illinois stands in their way.
The Fighting Illini (6-4) are relegated to the potential role of the spoiler due to their four conference losses. Illinois is the "Jekyll and Hyde" of the Big Ten. In their wins, they averaged almost 35 points a game. In their losses, they average 10.5 points per game.
The Badgers (8-2) have the No. 4 scoring offense in the country. Running back Monte Ball has already set a new Big Ten single season record with 27 touchdowns.
One of Illinois' bright spots is quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase. His average of 251.8 yards of total offense per game puts him atop of the Big Ten. Wisconsin's Wilson (pictured) is No. 2 with 224.5 yards, and Michigan's Denard Robinson is third with 240.5 yards per game.
Look for the strength and depth of Wisconsin to wear the Illini out.
Wisconsin 42-Illinois 21
In a Leaders Division battle between two "States", I favor the school from Pennsylvania.
The latest news about former Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno will further inspire the team from Penn State and provide the impetus to beat Ohio State in Columbus.
The Nittany Lions offense may be in the lower half of the Big Ten in several categories, but they have the No. 3 scoring defense in the nation. Penn State has permitted just under 13 points a game.
With three conference losses, Ohio State cannot win the Leaders Division. However, if they beat Penn State tomorrow and Michigan in the season finale, the Buckeyes would finish 8-4 with a chance at a respectable bowl game.
Since returning to the lineup, Buckeyes running back Dan Herron has averaged 119 yards per game. He, sophomore teammate Carlos Hyde and junior Jordan Hall provide Ohio State with a formidable running game.
The problem is the Buckeyes have had trouble throwing the ball. Freshman Braxton Miller has completed only 50 percent of his passes.
Look for a defensive battle.
Penn State 17-Ohio State 14