CHAMPAIGN, IL - NOVEMBER 19: Montee Ball #28 of the Wisconsin Badgers breaks a long run against the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Champaign, Illinois. Wisconsin defeated Illinois 28-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Penn State and Wisconsin will meet at Camp Randall with a spot in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on the line.
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Wisconsin Badgers will meet at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday with the Big Ten's Leaders Division on the line. The winner of Saturday's game will play Michigan State for the conference championship.
Wisconsin's favored, and its offense being tough to stop probably factors into that. The Badgers rank fifth nationally in scoring offense, and average 44.8 points per game. Russell Wilson has thrown 26 touchdowns against just three interceptions for the Badgers, while Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is second nationally in rushing yardage with 1,466 yards and is tied for the national lead in rushing touchdowns with 25. And the Badgers aren't awful on defense, either, having given up more than 20 points in just their two losses.
Penn State has to be hoping for a defensive struggle. The Nittany Lions have scored more than 20 points just four times this season, and only one of their three games of 30+ points, a 34-point outburst against Northwestern, came against a team in a BCS conference. The Penn State defense has been excellent in 2011, though, giving up more than 20 points just twice, to Alabama and Northwestern.
Game date, time: 3:30 p.m. Eastern, Saturday, November 26, 2011
Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
TV channel: ESPN
Spread: Wisconsin is favored by 14.5 points.
Series history: Wisconsin leads, 8-6.
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