By Brandon Enroth
The Wisconsin Badgers finished off the regular season on Saturday in comeback fashion against the Minnesota Golden Gophers by a final score of 31-17. This caps a strong regular season for the Badgers as they finish 10-2 (7-2) overall and have earned a spot in the Big 10 Championship Game against the East-Division Champion Penn. State Nittany Lions. The Lions finished the regular season blowing out the Michigan State Spartans 45-12 ending with 10-2 (8-1) record.
One big question coming into the game for the Badgers will be the status of Alex Hornibrook. Hornibrook left Saturday’s game in the 1st half after taking a hard hit out of bounds from Minnesota linebacker Jack Lynn and did not return. His status coming into this game at this point is questionable with a head injury. This leaves the offense in the hands of senior Bart Houston, who has played well this season in Paul Cryst’s dual-quarterback led offense.
Penn State will look to lean on their explosive offense led by QB Trace McSorley who has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards this season racking up 21 touchdowns, and only throwing 3 interceptions. He will likely test the Badgers secondary through one of his favorite targets Chris Godwin the team’s leading receiver. The Nittany Lions high powered offense will be matched up nicely with the number seven ranked Badger defense led by T.J Watt, Leo Musso, and Vince Biegel. Wisconsin has held opponents to 100 yards rushing per game and has only allowed 13.7 points per game the entire year.
In a matchup that doesn’t include Michigan or Ohio State, the 2016 Big 10 Championship should be an intense matchup in all phases of the game. The game will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this upcoming Saturday, December 3rd at 7:00 PM CT on the networks of FOX Sports.