Aug 31, 2013; Madison, WI, USA; A general view of Camp Randall Stadium during the third quarter of the game between the Massachusetts Minutemen and Wisconsin Badgers. Wisconsin won 45-0. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions at Wisconsin Badgers Preview

It’s hard to believe we’re reached the end of the 2013 season.  On Saturday, Penn State will take the field in Camp Randall Stadium in their 12th and final game of the season.  On the line is a winning record, and two consecutive losses to end the season.  The challenge will be stiff.  The Badgers enter the game with an outside shot at a share of Big 10 Leaders Division title should Michigan upset Ohio State.  Their only B1G loss came at the hands of Ohio State, and the other came on controversial fashion at Arizona State.

  • Kickoff: 3:30
  • TV: ESPN
  • Bill O’Brien (14-9) vs. Gary Andersen (9-2, 39-33 overall)
  • Opening Line: Wisconsin -23.5

The Badgers have been among the most dominant offensive units in the country, again relying on a potent ground game.  The tandem of James White and Melvin Gordon has accounted for 2,656 yards and 25 touchdowns, leading the 8th ranked rushing attack in the country.  Sophomore quarterback Joel Stave has not needed to be great, but the signal caller has certainly made plays when needed, and 15th year senior Jared Abbrederis has been his top target.  On the other side of the ball, linebacker Chris Borland is one of the best in the country.

After struggling against a powerful rushing attack in Columbus, DaQuan Jones, Austin Johnson, and the PSU linebackers will need to play the game of the year to slow down the Badgers offense.  The Lions offense will have to continue riding Zach Zwinak, and a hopefully healthy Bill Belton on the ground, to open up the passing game.  If that’s not enough, PSU has been a vastly different team away from Happy Valley, and Madison will be rocking as usual.

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