Saturday, November 24, 2012
Previewing the Big Ten 3:30 p.m games
By Brian Bennett
Two more games remain on the Big Ten's last full Saturday. Here is what is on tap for the 3:30 p.m. ET games:
Wisconsin (7-4, 4-3) at Penn State (7-4, 5-2): We know Penn State will be fired up and emotional on senior day. What about Wisconsin? The Badgers don't need this win and are going to the Big Ten title game regardless. Watch how the game starts, as Penn State is a fast-starting team anyway, and whether the Nittany Lions can sustain their energy throughout, unlike some previous emotional games for them this season. Wisconsin's Montee Ball needs one more touchdown to break a tie with Travis Prentice for the NCAA career record. How much running room will he find against a terrific Lions front seven?
Michigan State (5-6, 2-5) at Minnesota (6-5, 2-5): Spartans coach Mark Dantonio issued a non-guarantee guarantee this week and wants his team thinking positively as it heads into a do-or-die situation for a bowl. Minnesota is already guaranteed a bowl spot, but would like to end its regular season on a high note. But the Gophers are dealing with a bunch of injuries and will have to match Michigan State's physicality. Will the A.J. Barker controversy prove a distraction? Players and coaches said no this week. Andrew Maxwell will need to have a big game for the Spartans; D.L. Wilhite and Ra'Shede Hageman will be coming after him.