Penn State vs. Wisconsin Football: PSU Offensive Woes Will Lead Badgers to Win

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIINovember 25, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 19:  Interim head coach Tom Bradley of the Penn State Nittany Lions heads back to the bench after talking with his players during a time out in their game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 19, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Penn State defeated Ohio State 20-14. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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The Big Ten Leaders division is up for grabs in the final week of regular-season play with the No. 19 Penn State Nittany Lions traveling to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the No. 16 Wisconsin Badgers.

The winner of the showdown will go on to face Michigan State in the first-ever Big Ten Championship game on December 3rd.

The question, now, is which team that will be.

Penn State has faced struggles all season, both on and off the field. The recent events that led to the dismissal of Joe Paterno have been hard for both the team and the community to grasp.

On the field, the Nittany Lions have not been able to develop any sort of offensive rhythm all season long.

For the first half of the season, the team was actually alternating quarterbacks each drive. Matt McGloin was finally named the official starter, but hasn't been impressive in the spot.

It has been the third-ranked scoring defense of the Nittany Lions, allowing just 13.0 points per game, that has been asked to carry the team to its current 9-2 record.

Wisconsin has had its share of blows this season as well. If it weren't for a miracle Hail Mary and a last-minute drive in back-to-back weeks against Michigan State and Ohio State respectively, the Badgers would currently be sitting as the No. 2-ranked team in the nation.

Despite the heartbreaking losses, this Wisconsin team has been amazing this season.

Much of that success has come thanks to the addition of N.C. State transfer Russell Wilson.

Wilson has completed 73.6 percent of his passes this season for 2,506 yards. He has thrown 26 touchdowns to just three interceptions.

Couple that with the unbelievable play of Montee Ball, and you have one of the best offenses in the nation. Ball has 30 total touchdowns this season, a Big Ten record.

The Badgers' 44.8 points per game has been accompanied by their seventh-ranked scoring defense that is allowing 15.9 points per game.

It appears that it's just going to be way too much for Penn State to stop.

The Nittany Lions will be able to hold Wisconsin's offense to fewer points than usual. However, they won't be able to shut them out.

The offense is going to need to step up and do something if they are going to have any shot. It seems unlikely given the two teams' recent histories.

The Penn State offense had some success with the Wildcat last week, but that's because they caught Ohio State off guard.

The Badgers will be all over it, according to Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema.

"They run a couple of nice plays off of it, and obviously they caught Ohio State a little bit off guard on that first play. ...We've got a nice little package to use against that. Our guys will be wired into it."

The gimmicks aren't going to work this week.

Wisconsin will move on to Big Ten Championship game and get a rematch against Michigan State.


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