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Penn State Game day

MATCHUP: Penn State Nittany Lions at No. 17 Wisconsin Badgers, Noon (ET), Camp Randall Stadium (80,321).

TV/RADIO/WEB: WNEP Channel 16 (Brad Nessler, Bob Griese, Paul Maguire, Bonnie Bernstein); WILK Radio: 910, 980, 1300-AM (Steve Jones, Jack Ham); www.GoPSUsports.com

RECORDS: Penn State (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten); Wisconsin (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten).

COACHES: Joe Paterno (360-120-3) 41st season at Penn State; Bret Bielema (8-1) 1st season at Wisconsin.

SERIES HISTORY: 12th meeting. Wisconsin leads 7-4.

LAST GAME: Nov. 5, 2005. Lions won 35-14 at Beaver Stadium.

LAST WISCONSIN WIN: Sept 25, 2004 (16-3 at Camp Randall).

KEY MATCHUP: Badgers’ massive O-line vs. Lions’ front seven.

EDGE LIONS: Pick a ’backer … any ’backer.

EDGE BADGERS: P.J. Hill, the Big Ten’s leading rusher, is expected to play after injuring his neck last week.

PENN STATE WILL WIN, IF: Hill isn’t permitted to run wild.

WISCONSIN WILL WIN, IF: Defense takes Anthony Morelli out of pocket – and game plan.

TELLING STAT: The Badgers are 21-4 in their last 25 home games.

HERE COMES PUZ: With nine tackles today, LB Paul Posluszny will overtake Greg Buttle (343 stops) as the school’s all-time leader.

THAT’S A LOT OF HALFTIMES: Bielema would need to average 10 wins for the next 36 seasons to match Paterno’s total.

LINE: Wisconsin by 6.5.

OUTLOOK: Lions still haven’t beaten an opponent of any significance this season. A win today would make up for failed tries vs. Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan.

PREDICTION: Wisconsin 23, Penn State 20.

-- by Jerry Kellar

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