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Badgers battle Nittany Lions in Week 14 odds

Penn State Nittany LionsWisconsin Badgers

It's a bit of a long-shot but the Wisconsin Badgers still have a chance to play in a BCS bowl. Wisconsin is 9-2 and riding a six-game winning streak, after beating Minnesota Saturday. With a little help from elsewhere the Badgers could play in January in Pasadena, or Miami. 

The Badgers will try to put the finishing touches on a fine regular season when they host the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday at Camp Randall.

Since losing by a touchdown at Ohio State back in September Wisconsin had covered the spread five games in a row, until coming up a little short against the Gophers Saturday as 16-point favorites.

On the other side of this match-up Penn State just lost at home in overtime to Nebraska, and is now 4-7 ATS on the season.

As of early this week the Badgers, who have lost three of the last four games in this series, were favored by 24 points over the Lions.

The Badgers are 9-2 so far on the season, and 9-2 ATS vs. the number. The Nittany Lions, meanwhile, are 6-5 and 4-7 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Wisconsin go 3-8 and the Nittany Lions go 6-5 on the totals.

View Penn State Nittany Lions vs Wisconsin Badgers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 23.5-point underdogs in this one at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked here at OddsShark. No total had been posted as of press time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Badgers at No. 6 and the Nittany Lions at No. 76 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 36-16 result in favor of the Badgers.

Penn State lost its last outing, a 23-20 result against Nebraska on November 23. Penn State failed to cover in that game as a 1-point favorite, while the 43 combined points took the game UNDER the total. James White ran through the Minnesota defense for 125 yards in Wisconsin's last game, handing the Golden Gophers a 20-7 setback on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Wisconsin's No. 23-ranked offense, averaging 36.82 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 65 this week at 26.36 PPG. The Badgers aerial game is averaging 191.45 yards per game, less than the Nittany Lions secondary allows through the air, 228.09 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Nittany Lions feature the league's No. 92-rated road run defense, allowing 206 yards per game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, ranks No. 1 in rushing offense at home.

A few Nittany Lions at Badgers trends to consider:
Penn State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Penn State is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Penn State's last 19 games
Penn State is 0-4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Wisconsin is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Wisconsin's last 7 games
Wisconsin is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home