Saturday Spotlight- Big Ten Championship
(6) Wisconsin Badgers at (7) Penn State Nittany Lions
Wisconsin: Let’s recap their season. September 3rd, they open the year at home at Lambeau facing the then fifth-ranked LSU Tigers and they upset them. Oh, I also forgot to mention that they were unranked as well at that time. It seems every time when I counted them out, they always found a way to win games. I counted them out against Michigan State and they didn’t just beat them, they destroyed them in East Lansing with a new quarterback in Alex Hornibrook under center. I look at how tough they played Michigan at the big house and how they made Ohio State work in Madison and though they were both losses, they displayed a lot of mental toughness in those games. They began unranked and we didn’t know what to expect and here they are as champions of the Big Ten West and ranked sixth in the country. They have also been one of the best defensive teams in the nation as well. Now, they could become champions of the Big Ten with a win over another surprising team this year in college football.
Penn State: In a Big Ten East where the division was to be dominated by the likes of the Michigan Wolverines, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Michigan State Spartans, these guys came out of nowhere. We didn’t think Penn State would ever be the same after everything that was revealed about the Jerry Sandusky scandal and how Joe Paterno handled the situation. Now here they are coming off one of their best seasons in quite some time and it’s all started with the coach, Mr. James Franklin. They’ve won eight games in a row including a stunning upset over Ohio State on October 22nd and ever since that win, they rode the momentum factor and would go on to win the division that included the top tier teams I mentioned up top. Now, they are set to play in their very first conference championship game to determine a champion in the Big Ten.
Wisconsin Player To Watch– T.J. Edwards: He’s been the team’s leading tackler this year and linebackers are always important when it comes to stopping the run. Saturday night, they’ll face a good one in Saquon Barkley who’s extremely explosive with the football in his hands.
Penn State Player To Watch: Brandon Bell– Similar to themselves, Penn State will have to prepare to face a solid running back in Corey Clement in this one. The Nittany Lions defense has been superb in the second half games as they’ve held Rutgers to 21 yards and Sparty to 87.
Prediction: This has the potential to be a classic game all around. Both have physical defenses, two quarterbacks that can get into a rhythm and solid all around running games. I like Wisconsin to win the Big Ten title game. Wisconsin 31 Penn State 24