Penn St-Wisconsin winner in Big Ten game no lock for playoffBy Darlene Powers Dec 01, 2016
The Lions (10-2) haven't lost since that September 24 trip and will take an eight-game winning streak into their Saturday night matchup against West victor Wisconsin (10-2) for the Big Ten championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Barkley left Penn State's 45-12 win over Michigan State in the fourth quarter with a lower-body injury but expects to play in Penn State's first title-game appearance Saturday against Wisconsin.
The playmaking ability of the Nittany Lions defense was highlighted in a 24-21 victory over Ohio State on October 22.
After Barkley, no Penn State back has more than 400 yards on the ground this season. When you do that, that creates really good throwing lanes.
The sequence set off delirium at Beaver Stadium and highlighted the Lions' 24-21 win over No. 2 Ohio State.
Despite their Big Ten East Division title and a spot in the conference championship game, the Nittany Lions remain at No. 7 in the College Football Playoff rankings this week, the committee announced Tuesday night.
Barkley, the sophomore from Whitehall High, said Monday that he's "feeling fine" and will be ready for the Big Ten championship game. Our players saw that in our coaches, in coach Pry, the confidence that he had, his leadership, his command, his demand for guys to play up to our standards.
"The most important thing about that committee for all of us that were a part of creating it was that at a core level it's got to be football people with credibility, and that's what we have", Delany said.
"The one constant that has remained the same within Wisconsin is the culture here", Biegel said.
"Trace did a great job of giving me a great, catchable ball and after that point, it's just finishing the play", Godwin said.
Barkley has built on a breakout freshman campaign, totaling 1,219 rushing yards and 17 total touchdowns through 12 games this season.
Unbeaten 'Bama looks to stay perfect in SEC title game
Appleby was 19 of 35 for 149 yards while Jordan Scarlett , who had three 100-yard games in his past five, was held to 53 yards. He also added that there weren't too many questions about whether he was remaining at Florida State .
Wilson was named MVP of the game, passing for 178 yards and three touchdowns.
Penn State's coach is also preparing as if Wisconsin will have its starting quarterback, West Chester native and former Malvern Prep star Alex Hornibrook, in the starting lineup.
This is the third time GameDay has been to the Big Ten Championship - was also in Indianapolis a year ago and in 2013.
"I think, overall, from that game, it still stings", Shelton said. A strong showing against Penn State will help his National Football League stock, and give the Badgers a good shot at one of the four college playoff spots. The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their first conference title since the 2008 CFB season.
Until then, they focus on the Big Ten Championship next week.
Certainly, the argument exists, but it isn't quite so simple. "Before I got here, I always heard that whenever Penn State is playing well, Happy Valley is that much happier".
As for the Wolverines, Hocutt said the gap between No. 4 Washington and No. 5 MI was "very, very small", even as he conceded that the Huskies posted a quality win Friday over Washington State.
That presented the possibility that the Wolverines would move into the top four and gain a playoff berth on Sunday if No. 3 Clemson or No. 4 Washington lose their conference championship games.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go", she said.
Among the Tigers selected were receiver Mike Williams, tight end Jordan Leggett and three offensive linemen - but not quarterback Deshaun Watson, a second-team choice. "It's another chance to go out on the field and compete".
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