Staff Predictions: No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 6 Wisconsin
Despite stiff competition from Big Ten rival No. 6 Wisconsin, our staff believes the Nittany Lions will pull out a narrow win tomorrow night in Indianapolis.
Anthony Colucci: Penn State 26, Wisconsin 17
This team has not been truly tested since it beat Ohio State in October. The Lions have done everything that they needed to do to get this situation and have gotten some help along the way, so I expect them to come out poised and ready from kickoff, something they have struggled with doing this season. There’s no way they throw away this opportunity especially with the large contingency of fans making the eight hour trek to Indianapolis and the high level that they’ve been playing at.
Ethan Kasales: Penn State 34, Wisconsin 31
I see the Nittany Lions evening the all-time series at 9-9 Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Though the stout Wisconsin defense will surely do everything it can to stop Saquon Barkley, just like every other team this season, Trace McSorley and the Penn State wideouts will have plenty of success downfield. Corey Clement should put together a great performance on this enormous stage, leading to the inflated score, but I think Tyler Davis nails a late field goal to give Penn State a come-from-behind win.
Robbie Rockwell: Penn State 24, Wisconsin 17
What is surely going to be a defensive battle for four quarters, I think Penn State overcomes the fierce Badger defense and takes the B1G Championship Trophy home to Happy Valley. I’m fairly confident the Badgers will hold Saquon to under 100 yards but it won’t matter because Trace Mcsorley has grown into a solid starting quarterback. He’ll find Godwin and Gesicki for scores with Barkley adding the third.
Clement will go for over 100 but the Lion defense will make him work for it, and eventually make Hornibrook (or Houston) throw the ball over 30 times getting picked off at least once and sacked quite a few times in the process. Wisconsin is a good football team but there’s something special about these Nittany Lions, and hopefully they make dreams of the College Football Playoff a reality.
Joe Pickard: Penn State 32, Wisconsin 27
The Big Ten Championship is setting up to be a classic, hard fought close game. Both teams are heading to Indy with momentum as Penn State is on an 8 game win streak, with Wisconsin riding a 6 game streak. The key to Penn State taking home the trophy will be a fast start. Penn State has been a second half team this year, but I don’t think that will cut it this game. If Penn State can score some first half points on the Badger’s defense early, I think the Nittany Lions will be able to squeak out a close win. I’m picking the Nittany Lions to cover the +2 point spread and leave Indianapolis as Champions.