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Penn State set to take on Wisconsin

Penn State concludes its regular season here at Wisconsin today with the winner of claiming the Leaders Division crown and advancing to Indianapolis to play Michigan State Saturday in the first Big Ten championship game. The Nittany Lions bring their stout defense to Camp Randall Stadium to try and stop the Badgers' high-powered offense.

Penn State set to take on Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. --- It’s all on the line here today at a rainy Camp Randall Stadium.

Penn State concludes its regular season against Wisconsin with the winner claiming the Leaders Division and advancing to Indianapolis to play Michigan State Saturday in the first Big Ten championship game. The Nittany Lions' stout defense hopes to contains the Badgers’ high-powered offense.

With just more an hour before kickoff, here are some pre-game notes to help preview today’s crucial game between No. 20 Penn State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) and No. 15 Wisconsin (9-2, 5-2).

Make sure to tune in to our live chat during the game for updates and analysis. 

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-Penn State's travel roster looks pretty much the same as last week. Back-up wide receiver Brandon Moseby-Felder is the only notable player to not make the trip. He also stayed home last week.

-Wisconsin has by far the highest-scoring offense in the Big Ten, averaging 44.8 points and 479.5 yards of total offense. It will be pitted against Penn State’s conference-best defense, which allows just 13 points per game.

-Penn State interim coach Tom Bradley seeks his second career win as a head coach. Bradley, who took over after Joe Paterno was ousted Nov. 9 amid the Jerry Sandusky scandal, earned his first win at Ohio State last Saturday. 

-Led by junior running back Montee Ball, Wisconsin leads the Big Ten with 245.1 yards on the ground per game. Ball leads the conference with 133.3 yards per game and 16.5 points per game. Silas Redd is third in the Big Ten with 102 yards per game.

-With a win, Penn State would improve to 5-0 in road games this season. It would be just the second season that the Lions would be undefeated in road games with 1994 being the other.

-Wisconsin linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland rank first and second in the conference with 121 and 118 tackles, respectively. Gerald Hodges is first on Penn State and eighth in the conference with 90 tackles.

--Jake Kaplan

About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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