WHEN WISCONSIN HAS THE BALL
OFFENSIVE LINE VS. DEFENSIVE LINE Four members of the starting offensive line — LG
Michael Dieter, C Tyler Biadasz, RG Beau Benzschawel and RT David Edwards — were named to at least one midseason All- America team. Four starters are 6- foot- 6 or taller, and all are at least 310 pounds. Penn State’s defensive front will have to hold up better than it did against Michigan. The key is whether DTs Kevin Givens and Robert Windsor can occupy a double team often enough to allow linebackers to get one- on- one matchups with the running backs.
RUNNING BACKS VS. LINEBACKERS
There’s no doubt what Wisconsin wants to do. Hand the ball off to Jonathan Taylor. Let him find a hole behind that big offensive line, pick up a few yards and then occasionally break the big run. Penn State did a decent job from the linebacker position keeping Michigan’s Karan Higdon bottled up for the most part last week, but he did rip off two big carries that both boosted his numbers and led to Wolverines scores. Big plays are going to matter in this game.
EDGE: Penn State