Penn State Loses, Wisconsin Controls Own Destiny

By Tony Piraro

With the 17-14 Penn State loss to Nebraska just moments ago, the No. 18 Wisconsin Badgers (7-2, 3-2) are in control of their own destiny once again. If Wisconsin wins their final three games, they will be the Leaders Division Champions.

After Penn State’s first loss in conference this season, they now stand at 5-1 in the Big 10 Leaders Division and 8-2 overall. Bielema’s bunch currently sits one game behind Penn State in conference, but would have the same overall record as PSU with a win today over the Golden Gophers.

If the Wisconsin Badgers defeat Minnesota today, then both the Badgers and PSU will have two games remaining. Wisconsin would slide to 4-2 in the Leaders Division and 8-2 overall.

For the first time all season in Big 10 play, Penn State faced a tough opponent. They have played eight nobodies to grab the eight wins they boast. However ironic it was that PSU’s first true test of the season came after a media frenzy the last few days in State College. No matter what, this game was going to be under a gigantic microscope whether Penn State football was good or bad. It just so happened that they were way overrated, to the tune of the No. 12 ranked team in the nation, and it amped the press coverage that much more.

All this game proved was that Penn State’s offense, which was run by Joe Paterno’s son, is putrid. It may be the worst offense in the Big 10 this season, alongside the Indiana Hoosies (IU’s Basketball team could score more than their football). Either way, PSU was exploited for the overrated team that they are on a national spectrum. It won’t get any easier for Penn State as they travel to Ohio State next week and then it’s off to Madison the next week for the Wisconsin showdown.

If the Badgers could just make it to the Penn State match-up down by a game or less, that game in Madison in two weeks would dictate the winner of the Leaders Division in 2011. This should make for some incredible Big 10 action the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

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