College Football Pick: Penn State vs. Wisconsin

Jeff Grant

Thursday, November 28, 2013 3:17 PM GMT

The Wisconsin Badgers have one of the more dominant rushing attacks in the country, as they prepare to finish out the regular season against the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday. Find out where our handicapper believes you should place your money.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this Big Ten Conference matchup at Camp Randall Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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Alternate universe

Penn State has alternated wins and losses over its last nine games, as it attempts to bounce back from a 23-20 overtime loss at home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for the third time in four contests.

The Nittany Lions have been inconsistent due to having a true freshman under center, but Christian Hackenberg ranks second in the conference in completions and passing yards.

Pounding opponents

Wisconsin seeks its first seven-game win streak since closing out the 2010 regular season in that fashion, as it ranks 18th in total offense and sixth in total defense—outgaining foes by an average of 210.8 yards per game.

The Badgers have outscored their opponents 247-36 through their first six games at this venue during the 2013 campaign, which includes a pair of shutouts.

Life on the road

College football handicappers should think twice about backing the Nittany Lions in this affair, as they’ve gone 0-3 SUATS on the road this season, with the OVER going 2-1 in that situation.

Penn State lost the statistical battle in all three of those affairs, while the defense surrendered a combined 131 points.

Ground attack

With a combined 2,656 rushing yards on the season, Badgers sophomore running back Melvin Gordon and senior running back James White need a total of 349 yards to break the NCAA’s single-season record for rushing yards by teammates.

Wisconsin also needs just 34 yards on the ground to break the school record of 3,309 set last season.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the total for their college football picks, as the OVER is 13-6 in the Nittany Lions last 19 games, while the last three meetings in this series have climbed above the number.

College Football Pick:  Over 49.5