Wisconsin vs. Penn State Prediction Roundtable – What’s Going To Happen

    Wisconsin vs. Penn State prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in the Big Ten Championship Game between the Badgers and Nittany Lions.

    December 2, 2016

    Wisconsin vs. Penn State prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in the Big Ten Championship Game between the Badgers and Nittany Lions.


    Jeff Bartl

    Penn State’s offensive line has been so beat up by injuries that only its center remains the starter from opening week. And still, Saquon Barkley won the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award and the Nittany Lions are in the argument for a College Football Playoff berth. Not to mention, they led the conference in most plays from scrimmage of at least 20 yards by a wide margin. Very impressive.

    With that being said, if there’s a defense up to the challenge of stopping Penn State – especially on a neutral field – it’s Wisconsin’s. I know, the Badgers have to score to win, too. They’re not going to have to do much of it, though. Bart Houston gets the majority of the snaps with Alex Hornibrook dinged up, then hands the ball off plenty to Corey Clement, who scores twice to give Wisconsin the victory.

    Jonathan Bass

    I wrote it in our earlier Big Ten piece – Penn State wins. I don’t think they can control Corey Clement, but a couple of quarterback miscues will down Wisconsin and really put the screws to the CFP committee.

    However, I will say this: should they win, the Badgers deserve to get serious consideration (along with major props on a fantastic season) for the Playoff. While other teams lean on attrition as an excuse for unrealized expectations, Wisconsin has suffered blow after blow and fully embraced the “next man up” mantra.

    Glenn McGraw

    Two top 20 defenses facing off against two mediocre offenses. Expect a Big Ten classic in this one – slow and low-scoring. Despite believing that Wisconsin is not that great, its run game – offense and defense – will be the difference maker on Saturday. The Badgers D makes a key stop when needed late, and the offense does just enough to outscore Penn State.

    Brian Stultz

    I’m in total shock that Barry Alvarez isn’t coming out of retirement to coach this game like he has done a couple of times before.

    The winner of this game will be upset due to not making the College Football Playoff while Ohio State does, but that is the way of this world. Wisconsin wins despite having absolutely no quarterback or reliable offense outside of running back Corey Clement.

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