Who Shot Who In The What Now? Penn State (6-0, 2-0) at Wisconsin (3-2, 0-2). Kickoff at 8:00 p.m. Eastern at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
Kicking Television: ESPN primetime, baby. There have been plenty of comments about the abysmal announcing last week by Dave Pasch and Andre Ware. We should be in better hands on Saturday night. Mike Patrick, Todd Blackledge, and Holly Rowe will guide us through the proceedings. If you're in the car, the game can be heard on any number of radio stations including XM 197.
A Fool And His Money: Penn State is favored by 5 1/2 points. The over/under sits at 47. Penn State is 0-5-1 against the spread in their last six conference games. Wisconsin is 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 conference games. So, yeah. Have fun with that.
Weather: Surprisingly great. Accuweather says it'll be 65 degrees and mostly cloudy at kickoff.
Dubious Statistical Achievements: Penn State has started conference play 3-0 once since 2000.
Ouch, Babe: Jordan Norwood (hamstring) and Mickey Shuler (ankle) are noted as "probable" in the official PSU Game Notes.
Highly Diverse?: Also in the PSU Game Notes, we learn that Penn State is the only team in the country averaging more than 250 yards rushing and 240 yards passing per game. Useless, yes, but true. They're also the only team ranked in the top 10 nationally in both total offense and total defense.
Lest We Forget: Last year, Penn State was battling numerous off-field issues, and we all wondered what kind of team would show up on Saturday. Quite simply, they dominated. While the Penn State Football Story is unbelievably good at polishing a turd, there was no need for it after last season's encounter with the Badgers:
Smoke Signals From Enemy Territory: Beware of a QB change for Wisconsin, as head coach Bret Bielema is openly suggesting that Allan Evridge might be on a short leash Saturday night.
“Allan is going to start on Saturday,” Bielema said. “But there comes a point in time where you have to make an assessment as to where we are as a football team. … The next guy would probably be Dustin Sherer.”
Still, Bielema recognizes there are aspects of Evridge’s game he must work on.
“The part that Allan has to improve on more than anything is his accuracy as a passer,” Bielema said of the left-handed quarterback. “The bottom line is that we have to expect the ball to be delivered with better accuracy. … He has to see a clearer picture of what we’re trying to get done.”