Penn State is coming to town with a two game losing streak of their own (Ohio State, Michigan State), and they won't be looking to see an already disappointing start become a free fall. The pass defense in particular is extremely problematic and Penn State has one of the country's best quarterbacks in Trace McSorley. The Spartans had dropped games to Arizona State and Northwestern, but still had plenty of defensive firepower - something Penn State learned first hand. Penn State won past year 45-14 in State College. The Wolverines (6-1, 4-0 Big Ten) beat a ranked conference team for the first time since topping the Badgers two years ago.
The Nittany Lions were coming off a bye this year against Michigan State, but never seemed to get things rolling.
Davis stayed in despite hurting his hip on Michigan State's penultimate drive and finished with eight catches for 100 yards. If the first half trends continue over the second half, there should be two teams with equal chances at winning a national title and Ohio State is one of them. That's happened even as star defensive end Nick Bosa went down injured and has made a decision to focus on the NFL draft instead of coming back maybe by the start of the College Football Playoff should they make it.
Penn State Nittany Lions fans cheer before the start of their game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Beaver Stadium on September 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. But he handed off on a fourth-down play the Buckeyes easily stuffed to hand the Nittany Lions a 1-point loss.
Prediction: Wisconsin is going to be able to do whatever it is that they want on offense and IL simply won't be able to keep up. "I want to see us be able to put pressure on the defense".
Penn State head coach James Franklin is 40-19 in his fifth season leading Penn State. Wisconsin is 2-1 in the Big Ten, 1-5 against the spread and 4-2 with the over.
The Badgers will return to Madison to take on Illinois Saturday and will likely take out their frustrations on the unranked Illini team. The Hoosiers' offense is run around its sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey. Although the stats do not look as badly as my previous statement suggested, one has to factor in that 75 of Hornibrook's passing yards came in the final five minutes of the game when the team was down 31 points. "They have a dynamic quarterback that can run with the ball and it is a huge part of what they do".
Michigan State: The Spartans are in real danger of slipping into mediocrity if the Penn State game gets away from them.
The Nittany Lions need to get their swagger back after consecutive losses to Ohio State and Michigan State.
"Man I do anything for this team, they are all my brothers and I love them so much", Hansard wrote on Twitter after the game. The offense struggled in a blowout loss to MI. Last week, IL was dismantled 46-7 by Purdue as the team's offense was held to just 250 yards of total offense which pushed the team to a 3-3 record on the season. The Illini have a horrific offense and the defense is somehow even worse than that. Still, the offense hasn't really clicked as the receivers have struggled to get open and Rahne's play-calling has been weirdly conservative.
I've said all but once this season that the upcoming game will be too close for comfort, so I may as well stick with that.