Big Ten Championship Prediction

Big Ten Championship Predictions: Wisconsin vs. Penn State 12/3/16

When No. 7 Penn State takes on No. 6 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship tonight, which team will walk away with the victory?

According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Wisconsin in this game, as the Badgers are getting odds of -3 points against Penn State. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 46.5 points. These two meet up from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN tonight at 8PM ET. Penn State has won and covered the spread in four of the last five against Wisconsin.

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Penn State is 10-2 on the season and winners of the East Division of the Big Ten. The Nittany Lions are 8-3-1 against the spread this season, covering in seven straight while winning eight straight overall. The Nittany Lions are giving up only 22.8 points and 346.8 yards per game. Offensively, Penn State has turned into an impressive offense. PSU is averaging 36.6 points and 429.7 yards per contest. Saquon Barkley has run for 1,219 yards and 15 touchdowns to lead the offense while Trace McSorley has run for 372 yards and six scores. He has also thrown for 2,976 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Wisconsin is the Big Ten West winner. The Badgers are 10-2 on the season and 9-2-1 against the spread. Wisconsin has won six straight games, going 4-1-1 ATS in those six games. Their two losses this season were both by just 7 points. Wisconsin is also led by its defense, which is giving up just 13.7 points and 292 yards per game. They are strong against the pass, allowing only 191.3 yards per contest. Offensively, Wisconsin is putting up 28.5 points and 381.1 yards per game. The Badgers are strong with the run on offense, as their ground game puts up 201.5 yards per game. Corey Clement has run for 1,140 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead the pack while Dar Ogunbowale has run for 458 yards and three scores. Alex Hornibrook and Bart Houston have combined for the QB duties, throwing for 2,155 yards and 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. Hornibrook is questionable for the game with a head injury he suffered last week.

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Penn State has been playing great, but I think the Nittany Lions see their win streak come to an end tonight. Wisconsin has a defense that has been able to stop most teams they have faced and most running backs, including Leonard Fournette. Look for the Badgers to contain Barkley while Penn State gets a little lost in the moment of their first Big Ten Championship Game.

 

BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIP PREDICTION: WISCONSIN -3

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