DON­NIE’S DE­CI­SION

The Republican Herald - - PENN STATE PREVIEW -

Both teams opened the sea­son ranked in the top 10, and both have lost three of their first nine games to drop out of play­off con­tention both na­tion­ally and in the Big Ten. But this should be con­sid­ered a must- win game for both teams if they want to con­tend for a New Year’s Day bowl berth. The Nit­tany Li­ons are com­ing off their worst of­fen­sive game in years, but that ex­pe­ri­ence against Michi­gan should help pre­pare them for what Wis­con­sin brings. With the game at home, where Penn State has played bet­ter all- around this sea­son, the Nit­tany Li­ons are a good bet to re­bound, as­sum­ing McSor­ley is healthy enough to be a dual threat. De­fen­sively, the Nit­tany Li­ons should be able to min­i­mize the Wis­con­sin pass­ing game enough to make the run­ning game the pri­mary con­cern, which would help them pre­vent some of the big­ger plays Tay­lor is ca­pa­ble of mak­ing. If he breaks more than a hand­ful of 20- yard runs, Penn State is in trou­ble.

PENN STATE, 20- 17

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