MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin-Michigan State rematch is 15 minutes away from becoming a reality. The 16th-ranked Badgers continue to dominate No. 19 Penn State, leading 42-7 entering the fourth quarter. They're jumping around here in Madtown.
Some quick thoughts:
Penn State's only chance was to come out firing after halftime and score quickly. Instead, normally reliable RB Silas Redd fumbled near midfield. Wisconsin scored three plays later on a nifty run by Montee Ball, effectively putting the game out of reach (if it wasn't already).
The only debate left is whether Ball or QB Russell Wilson is the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year. Both men have strengthened their cases today with brilliant performances. Ball has come on strong in the third quarter, racking up 88 yards and two touchdowns, giving him four four the game and 34 for the season. Wilson continues to attack Penn State's defense.
Turnovers have really hurt Penn State today, as all three Lions giveaways have turned into Wisconsin touchdowns. The Badgers defense might not be dominant, but it makes big plays, much like it did last season. And Wisconsin's offense makes you pay for putting the ball on the ground.
Expect to see plenty of reserves for Wisconsin in the final quarter. Can't imagine Wilson be out there much longer.