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Penn St Vs. Wisconsin: Nittany Lions Look To Book Place In Big Ten Title Game

The Penn State Nittany Lions visit the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m., ESPN) with the Big Ten's Leaders Division title on the line. The winner will meet Michigan St. for the Big Ten championship on Dec. 3.

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The Penn State Nittany Lions visit the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon (2:30 p.m., ESPN) with the Big Ten's Leaders Division title on the line. The winner will meet Michigan St. for the Big Ten championship on Dec. 3.

Penn State coach Tom Bradley considers Wisconsin a complete team with a lot of weapons.

"(Montee) Ball is averaging seven yards a carry - has, what, 30 touchdowns?  They're hard to defend because they're not one‑dimensional.  They have (Nick) Toon on the outside.  A dynamic wide receiver.  No.4 (Jared Abbrederis) is an efficient receiver.  They have their two tight ends.  They have their blockers, tough and physical.  It's your typical Wisconsin offense.  It's been that way since Barry Alvarez came in, when Barry started coaching up there," said Bradley.

He added, "Defensively, they're sixth in the country in total defense; sixth in scoring defense.  Third in pass defense.  So we've got our hands full.  Arguably they've got a front four, they rotate like we do a lot.  They're sound fundamentally.  They've got two really solid, big, tough linebackers inside.  Their secondary is by far the best we've played all year.  Kicking game is solid. It's a good football team."

The Nittany Lions will need to deal with Wisconsin's Russell Wilson, who leads the nation in quarterback rating.

"Wilson?  Wow," said Bradley. "You know, anytime you're completing 80 percent of your passes, 25 touchdowns, three interceptions, he's about as efficient a quarterback as I've seen in a long time."

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