Penn State vs Wisconsin: Badgers Will Embarrass Post-Paterno Nittany Lions

Josh SchochAnalyst IIINovember 25, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 19:  Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers throws a pass against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 28-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Wisconsin Badgers will play tomorrow afternoon with the winner going on to face Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game.

The Badgers will completely outclass the Lions tomorrow in part because of Joe Paterno's absence.

Penn State is still recovering from the shock and pain felt by the allegations made against former linebacker coach Jerry Sandusky, and an embarrassing loss tomorrow won't help.

The Badgers are clearly the better team in every aspect of the game and they will show us that tomorrow on their way to the Big Ten Championship Game and eventually the Rose Bowl.

The Badgers score 44.8 points per game, seventh-most in the nation. They have a highly efficient offense led by a combination of running backs, quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Nick Toon.

Wisconsin also plays tough defense, allowing only 15.9 points per game which is the fifth-best in the nation.

The Badgers always give themselves a chance to win and this team is highly underrated in my mind. They are a Top 10 team in terms of both offense and defense, and while they don't play the same level of competition as other schools they are certainly the best team in the Big Ten.

The Badgers take on the Nittany Lions whose defense actually allows fewer points per game (13.0, third-best in the nation), but whose offense struggles.

Penn State does not even rank in the top 100 in the nation in terms of points per game, and they are scoring even less without coach Joe Paterno at the helm.

While it would be a great story to see Penn State rebound and eventually play in the Rose Bowl, they will lose this week in humiliating fashion and be eliminated from going to Pasadena.