Big Ten Championship Preview
No. 7 Penn State and No. 6 Wisconsin have a lot at stake in the Big Ten Championship tonight. Here is a breakdown of tonight’s contest.
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 and the two have hit the over in four straight meetings.
Both teams are 10-2 on the season. Wisconsin is 9-2-1 against the spread and 7-5 with the under while Penn State is 8-3-1 against the spread and 9-3 with the over. Wisconsin has a dominant defense, giving up just 13.7 points and 292 yards per game. Offensively, Wisconsin is putting up 28.5 points and 381.1 yards per game. Penn State is a stronger offense, averaging 36.6 points and 429.7 yards per game. Defensively, the Nittany Lions are giving up 22.8 points and 346.8 yards per contest.
The public is backing Wisconsin tonight. The Badgers are getting 57 percent of the wagers as a slight favorite against the Nittany Lions. Penn State has covered in seven straight games, including one as a 2-point underdog against Maryland. Wisconsin has pushed or covered in four straight, all of which they were favored. They have been a single-digit favorite just twice this season, going 1-1 against the spread.
Injuries could play a role tonight as Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook is questionable for Wisconsin with a head injury. He suffered the injury last week. He is the leading passer for Wisconsin, throwing for 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns with seven interceptions. Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is dealing with a foot injury, but is expected to play tonight. He has run for 1,219 yards and 15 touchdowns.