November 24, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate after beating the Wisconsin Badgers 24-21 at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State at Wisconsin Prediction Roundtable

A roller coaster of a 2013 season comes to an end tomorrow afternoon in Madison, as Penn State takes on Wisconsin.  PSU faces its largest spread, 24 points, since joining the Big 10 in 1993.  Here’s what the VBR staff expects to see tomorrow in Wisconsin.

Lead Editor Matt de Bear (@PSUMatt2005)

This will be Penn State’s toughest challenge since facing the 3rd ranked Buckeyes in Columbus last month. The Badgers will test PSU in much the same way Ohio State did, with a powerful running attack, going right at the Lion’s defensive line and linebackers.  Mike Hull played his best game of the year against Nebraska, and Brandon Bell showed flashes of his potential, but I have a hard time seeing those two, plus Glenn Carson, and the PSU line slowing down James White and Melvin Gordon.  On the other side of the ball, the Wisconsin defense has been one of the more underrated units in the country.

I have a hard time seeing PSU keeping this close, given what Wisconsin has done to everyone this side of Arizona State and OSU.  I’m not sure the Badgers cover, but Penn State is in for a tough day in Camp Randal.  Wisconsin takes this one 31-10.

Staff Writer Eric Sion (@ericbsion)

This game has blowout written all over it. Wisconsin is 6-0 at home this season and the Badgers’ average margin of victory in those six wins is 35 points. Penn State is 0-3 in their true road games this year and haven’t looked good at all in any of them. Penn State’s front seven is good, but Wisconsin has an elite ground game with their mammoth offensive line and fantastic running backs. Wisconsin also has a great defense that is led by Chris Borland, who’s one of the best linebackers in the country. This one could get really ugly quickly and hopefully we can see Allen Robinson score at least one more touchdown as a Nittany Lion.

Score: Penn State 14 Wisconsin 38

Staff Writer Corey Hunter (@realhuntdog23)

Wisconsin and head coach Gary Anderson have been clicking on all cylinders on both sides of the ball.  They have a dynamic rushing duo in James White and Melvin Gordon.  They have an elite wideout in Jared Abbrederis, and a solid game-managing QB in Joel Stave.  The defense is led by Chris Borland.  It i easy to see why Penn State will have its hands full this Saturday.

Look for Wisconsin to pound the ball with Gordon and White, drawing in the Nittany Lions secondary.  Then look for Stave to take a few shots down the field to Abbrederis hoping to catch the Lions in 1-1 coverage.  No matter how you slice and dice this game, Penn State’s chances of winning do not look promising.  Wisconsin has superior offensive linemen and the ability to run the ball.  Penn State has been gashed for over 150 yards rushing in 3 of their last 5 games.  I don’t see Wisky deviating from that game plan.

Wisconsin – 42   Penn State 13

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