No. 7 Penn State Football Poised for Big Ten Championship against No. 6 Wisconsin in Indianapolis
The last time Penn State won a Big Ten Championship was in 2008 when they defeated Michigan State 49-18. Penn State shared the title of Champion with Ohio State that year.
After almost a decade, the Nittany Lions are ready to reclaim that title in its entirety (sorry, Ohio State, no sharing this time!) after a season of believing.
In their all-time record, the Badgers hold a one-game edge over the Nittany Lions, winning nine times out of their 17 meetings. The pair have never tied.
Penn State, however, is on a two year win-streak against Wisconsin, having defeated the Badgers in both 2012 and 2013.
No. 7 and No. 6 are, fittingly, extremely close statistically.
Penn State averages a jaw-dropping 36.6 points a game to Wisconsin’s 28.5. Clearly, both are high-scoring teams with high-powered offenses.
The Badgers have the edge in rushing yards, recording an average 201.5 yards per game to Penn State’s 178.7. However, with Saquon Barkley’s (Coplay, Pa.) skill and tact, fans have come to realize it is not how many rushing yards you have, but what you do with those yards.
As is appropriate for Linebacker U, Penn State leads with 37 sacks this season to the Badgers’ 31.
Although this is arguably the biggest game the team has had yet, each player has maintained that this is just another week at the office, and the goal is to just go 1-0.
“Having the mentality we’ve had, which is being 1-0 each week, has been the reason
Head Coach James Franklin is calling for the ultimate White Out by Penn State students and fans who will be travelling to Indianapolis this weekend.
In a tweet, Coach Franklin called for white shirts, pants, shoes, socks, and hats to let Wisconsin know that Indianapolis is more like an extension of Nittany Lion territory than neutral ground.
In his weekly press conference, Coach Franklin stated that Barkley “looked great on Sunday” and that the team is “anticipating him playing and playing well on Saturday,” after a potential ankle injury this past week against Michigan State.
Coach Franklin also mentioned that he is grateful for the trials that the program has gone through in order to get to this point.
“I don’t look back and say, ‘I wish we did this or that,’” said Franklin. “I think… the last three years have led us to where we are now. We wouldn’t be the same type of team without the highs and the lows.”
In case you had any shreds of doubt left in your mind about the team’s dedication to win, Schwan puts it rest here.
We Are… Indy bound!