Saturday, December 3, 2016
Lucas Oil Stadium
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The Wisconsin Badgers take on the Penn State Nittany Lions on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Lucas Oil Stadium. The opening line for this game has Wisconsin as 1 point favorites. This season the Badgers are 9-2-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-7-0. The Nittany Lions have an over/under record of 9-3-0 and they are 8-3-1 against the spread.
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Bart Houston finished with 123 yards through the air for Wisconsin last week. He completed 9 passes out of 14 attempts for a 64% completion percentage. The Badgers were led in rushing by Corey Clement, who finished with 100 yards on 26 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 4 yards per carry. Jazz Peavy was the team leader in receiving with a total of 47 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. As a team in that game Wisconsin got a total of 19 first downs. Of those first downs, 10 came on the ground while 8 came through the air. They ran 69 total plays for 362 yards for the game. The Badgers ran for 210 yards on 47 attempts.
Trace McSorley finished with 376 yards passing for Penn State last week. He went 17 for 23, resulting in a 74% completion percentage. The Nittany Lions were led on the ground by Andre Robinson, who finished with 32 yards on 3 carries. He ended the game with an average of 11 yards per rush. Chris Godwin led the team in receiving with 135 yards and 5 catches. He finished the game with an average of 27 yards per reception. Penn State had 18 first downs total. 4 came from running the ball and 14 came from a pass. They ran 57 total plays for 463 yards for the contest. The Nittany Lions ran for 77 yards on 33 carries as a team.
Wisconsin scores 28.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 66th in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 14.4 passes on 24 attempts for a 60.1 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 179.6 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 106th in college football. The Badgers run for an average of 201.5 yards per game on 47.6 attempts for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 44th in the nation. They also run 71.6 plays per contest and average 5.3 yards per play for an average of 381.1 yards per game, ranking their offense 91st overall this season. The Badgers average 20.3 first downs per game which ranks them 83rd in the country. They accumulate 31.7 penalty yards per game via 3.3 penalties, which ranks 125th in the nation.
Wisconsin allows 191.3 passing yards per game, ranking 23rd in D-1, and they allow 13.7 points per contest on defense, which ranks 3rd. They give up 15.9 completions on 31.4 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 50.7. The Badgers allow 100.8 rushing yards per game on 30.1 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 3rd in the country. Wisconsin allows 292 total yards per game including 4.7 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 7th in terms of yards per game. They force 2.1 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 4.8 penalties for 37.3 yards per game, ranking them 2nd among D-1 teams.
Penn State averages 36.6 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 25th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 15.5 passes per game on 27.6 attempts for a 56.2 percent completion percentage. They throw for 251 yards through the air per game, ranking them 51st in Division 1. The Nittany Lions run for an average of 182.3 yards per game on 39.5 attempts for an average of 4.6 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 60th on the ground. They also run 67.1 plays per game and average 6.5 yards per play for a total of 433.3 yards per game, ranking them 53rd in the country on offense. The Nittany Lions get an average of 20.1 first downs per game, which ranks 85th in the nation. They average 43.9 penalty yards per game via 4.9 penalties, ranking them 103rd in college football.
Penn State allows an average of 200.5 passing yards per game, which ranks 29th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 22.8 points per contest, which has them ranked 31st in the nation. They give up 20.3 completions on 33.1 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.2 per game. The Nittany Lions allow 146.3 rushing yards per contest on 39 carries for a 3.8 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 41st in the country. Penn State allows 346.8 total yards per game for an average of 4.8 yards per play, which ranks 20th in D-1. They force 1.7 turnovers per contest and 7.3 penalties for 62.8 yards in each contest, ranking 104th in the nation.
Wisconsin Betting Trends
Wisconsin is 5-7-0 against the over/under this season
Wisconsin has an ATS record of 9-2-1 this season
Penn State Betting Trends
Penn State is 9-3-0 against the over/under this season
Penn State has an ATS record of 8-3-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/28/16 OL Jacob Maxwell Shoulder is downgraded to expected to miss Saturday vs. Penn State
11/27/16 QB Alex Hornibrook Head injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
10/24/16 LB Jack Cichy Pectoral out for season
10/20/16 LS Jake Cesear Undisclosed has left team
09/29/16 K Rafael Gaglianone Back out for season
09/10/16 OL George Panos Shoulder out for season
09/05/16 LB Chris Orr Leg out for season
08/25/16 OL Dan Voltz Knee out for season
11/27/16 OL Connor McGovern Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Wisconsin
11/27/16 RB Saquon Barkley Foot injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Wisconsin
11/23/16 LB Von Walker Undisclosed out for season
11/17/16 G Brendan Mahon Undisclosed out indefinitely
11/17/16 T Paris Palmer Undisclosed out for season
10/25/16 OT Chance Sorrell Knee out for season
10/19/16 OT Andrew Nelson Knee out for season
09/26/16 LB Jan Johnson Leg out for season
09/24/16 TE Nick Bowers Undisclosed out for season
09/20/16 LB Nyeem Wartman-White Knee out for season
Tony's Pick: Take Penn State
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