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Reason No. 1: Wisconsin is the better football team.
Wisconsin (9-2) has the highest-scoring offense in the Big Ten with a 44.8 points-per-game average. It features running back Montee Ball, who has scored 30 touchdowns, and quarterback Russell Wilson, who has thrown 26 touchdown passes.
The supporting cast is exceptional with wide receiver Nick Toon, running back James White, tight end Jacob Pederson and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis.
The Badgers' defense is the second-best (behind Michigan State) in total defense. They have the two best linebackers in the Big Ten in Mike Taylor and Chris Borland.
Penn State's offense is rated in the middle of the pack, so they will have to rely on their defense to stop the Wisconsin offense and make it a low-scoring game.
Reason No. 2: Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema has the best Big Ten record among active coaches in the conference.
Bielema is 32-15 against conference opponents. A win against Penn State (9-2) will keep him at his usual pace of winning two out of every three Big Ten games.
In his rookie year as head coach, he led the Badgers to a 12-1 record. They finished with a 17-14 win over Arkansas in the Capital One Bowl.
Bielema is holding up two fingers in the picture, because he expects to be the second team in the championship game. He is the better head football coach and will lead Wisconsin to the first-ever Leaders Division title
Reason No. 3: The game is being played at Camp Randall Stadium.
One of the most consistent opinions in Big Ten circles is Camp Randall is the toughest stadium for a visiting team. Once the students and others in attendance start making noise, it's like having 12 (or 13) players on defense for Wisconsin.
Penn State has enough issues on offense, so dealing with the Wisconsin faithful will be a persistent distraction.
Reason No. 4: Revenge is a great motivator.
The Badgers have nothing against Penn State. They want to play Michigan State, who has beaten them two years in a row, and it's cost Wisconsin a great deal in the national college football ratings.
Bielema won't let his team think ahead about a rematch with the Spartans, because there's another piece of revenge to deal with as well. Do you remember the results the last time Wisconsin went to the Rose Bowl?
They lost to TCU, 21-19, on January 1, 2011. You bet that the Badgers want to win this game and the championship game to redeem themselves in the Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin 28, Penn State 14