Wisconsin-Penn State Preview Capsule
Penn State (6-5, 3-4 Big Ten) at No. 14 Wisconsin (9-2, 6-1), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Line: Wisconsin by 24.
Series Record: Wisconsin leads, 9-7.
WHAT'S AT STAKE
Unable to go to a bowl game due to NCAA sanctions, Penn State can avoid a .500 record and enter the offseason on a high note with a statement win over Wisconsin. The Badgers look to keep rolling, one spot from a top 14 BCS ranking that would make them eligible for an at-large berth in one of the big-money bowl games.
Penn State WR Allen Robinson vs. Wisconsin secondary. To have a chance, the Nittany Lions must cause turnovers and force Wisconsin to play catch-up with inconsistent sophomore QB Joel Stave. The explosive Robinson presents Penn State's best shot to get into the end zone in a hurry. Speedy freshman Sojourn Shelton has been the best corner, or the creative Badgers could get more physical by putting 6-foot-2 senior S Dezmen Southward on Robinson.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Penn State: Could this be Robinson's last game in blue and white? The junior, the Big Ten's top receiver for two straight years, doesn't have much left to prove on the collegiate level.
Wisconsin: Last chance to catch playmaking LB Chris Borland at Camp Randall Stadium. The senior missed Wisconsin's loss last year at Penn State, when RB Zach Zwinak ran for 179 yards. Borland and the Badgers' fierce defense (99.1 yards per game) likely won't let that happen again.
FACTS & FIGURES
Robinson is 10 catches shy of Deon Butler's school career record of 179 receptions (2005-8). ... QB Christian Hackenberg has eight 200-yard passing games this year to break the Penn State freshman record. ... Penn State is 7-1 in its next game after a loss under coach Bill O'Brien. ... The Nov. 30 game will be the latest home game in Badgers history. ... Wisconsin has allowed just three TDs in six home games this season, giving up 6.0 points per game at Camp Randall Stadium. ... Borland is averaging 12.2 tackles over his last five full games, recording three sacks and recovering two fumbles. ... Badgers are only team in country with two 1,000-yard rushers in RBs Melvin Gordon (1,375 yards) and James White (1,281 yards).
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