[8:10 PM] #6 Wisconsin v. #7 Penn State

Who will WIN this matchup?

#6 Wisconsin Badgers (10-2)

#7 Penn State Nittany Lions (10-2)


The line for this game is Wisconsin by 3 points.

In a game that could be decided by who is not on the field rather than who is, a Big Ten title and possible berth in the College Football Playoff is on the line when No. 6 Wisconsin meets eighth-ranked Penn State on Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook is able to play after suffering a concussion in the first half of last week’s win over Minnesota, while Nittany Lions star runner Saquon Barkley (1,219 yards and 15 touchdowns) sprained his ankle in the second half of last week’s 45-12 rout of Michigan State that secured the Big Ten East.

After rambling for a season-high 164 yards in a 30-23 home loss to Ohio State, Clement ran for 100 yards five times during the Badgers’ season-ending six-game winning streak (657 yards, eight TDs). Hornibrook has completed 58.1 percent of his 179 passes for 1,243 yards with eight TDs and seven interceptions, while Houston is 69-of-108 for 912 yards with five TDs and three interceptions. The defense, spearheaded by outside linebacker T.J. Watt (9.5 sacks, 13 tackles for loss) and safety Sojourn Shelton (16 passes defensed, four interceptions) led the FBS in interceptions (21), ranked third in scoring defense (13.7), rushing yards allowed (100.8), third-down conversion rate (26.6 percent) and seventh in total defense (292 yards per game).

Wisconsin leads the all-time series 9-8, but Penn State has won four of the last five with the last contest being a 31-24 Lions victory in 2013.

Penn State will be a school-record sixth top-10 team that Wisconsin has played this season at the time of the meeting, going 3-2.

The Nittany Lions rank second in FBS in second-half scoring (22.83) and first in fourth-quarter scoring (13).


StreakSmarts Pick: Wisconsin Badgers

Confidence: 5/10

StreakSmarter Pick