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Can Wiscy Do Away With Penn State Demons In Big Ten Championship?

If you thought the Wisconsin Badgers breathed a sigh of relief once they found out they would be playing Penn State and not Michigan or Ohio State in the Big Ten championship, you may be wrong. The Badgers are just 1-4 SU and ATS in their past five games against the Nittany Lions, which includes a 31-24 loss in their most recent meeting back in 2013.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone OVER in Wisconsin's last 4 games against Penn State.
  • Penn State is 7-0 ATS in its last 7 games.
  • Wisconsin is 8-1-1 ATS in its last 10 games against the Big Ten.

Since losing back-to-back games against previously mentioned Michigan and Ohio State, Wisconsin has gone on a tear, winning six straight and holding opponents to 12.2 points per game. Running back Corey Clement has also found his turbo button on offense, as the senior has tallied 441 yards and seven touchdowns in the past four games.

Did anyone expect Penn State to be here? No. But the Nittany Lions have been quietly lighting up scoreboards. In the five games since their upset victory over Ohio State, they have averaged 46.4 points and 506.2 yards of offense. Quarterback Trace McSorley has been fantastic for Penn State, throwing for 16 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the past eight games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to side with the Penn State Nittany Lions in this one found them as 1-point underdogs at Bovada. The over under number was slated to open a short time later.

Odds Shark prediction models picked the Nittany Lions to win this game on Saturday 31-29. Check the picks page or matchup report during the week as factors may cause that prediction to be re-run. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Wisconsin Badgers vs Penn State Nittany Lions Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Penn State Nittany Lions sport a record of 10-2 and 8-3-1 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Wisconsin Badgers sit at 10-2 and 9-2-1 ATS on the season. The over under totals records are 9-3 for the Nittany Lions and 5-7 for the Badgers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Penn State vs Wisconsin injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 14-rated Penn State Nittany Lions and the No. 19-rated Wisconsin Badgers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Penn State Nittany Lions No. 25-ranked offense (36.58 PPG) against a Wisconsin Badgers defense that ranks No. 3 at 13.67 PPG. The Penn State Nittany Lions passing attack has averaged 251 yards per game, more than the Wisconsin Badgers give up through the air (191.25 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Wisconsin Badgers own the league's No. 2-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 79.6 yards per game when on the road. Penn State, on the other hand, rates No. 66 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, the Badgers were Week 13 winners, coming out on top of the Golden Gophers by a score of 31-17.

In their last game, Penn State's aerial attack generated 376 yards and the Nittany Lions came away with a 45-12 victory over Michigan State at Beaver Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Wisconsin is 11-2-1 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Wisconsin is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Wisconsin's last 23 games
  • Wisconsin is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Penn State
  • Penn State is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games
  • Penn State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Wisconsin