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College Football Schedule, Week 13: Penn State And Wisconsin Battle For Spot In Big Ten Championship Game

The Penn State Nittany Lions (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) travel to Madison, Wisconsin Saturday afternoon to face the Wisconsin Badgers (9-2, 5-2) with a berth in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game on the line. The winner of Saturday's matchup will face the Michigan State Spartans in the title game next Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The game is most likely to be decided by the winner of the "Wisconsin offense versus Penn State defense" battle. The Nittany Lions allow just 13.0 points per game and have allowed 20 or more points just twice this season. The Badgers prolific offense averages 44.8 points and 479.5 yards per game on the year.

Here is the full slate of Big Ten games in Week 13:

No. 20 Penn State at No. 15 Wisconsin [3:30 p.m., ESPN] - Visit this Storystream for more on the Nittany Lions vs. Badgers matchup.

Ohio State at No. 17 Michigan [12:00 p.m., ABC] - The Wolverines look to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Buckeyes. Michigan has been outscored 218-108 in those last seven games, and last defeated Ohio State in 2003.

No. 11 Michigan State at Northwestern [12:00 p.m., BTN] - The Spartans await the winner of Penn State and Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game, perhaps meaning Michigan State players will overlook Northwestern Saturday afternoon.

Purdue at Indiana [3:30 p.m., BTN] - Indiana has had a putrid season, but they currently own the Old Oaken Bucket. Can they earn their first conference win of the year and keep the Bucket in Bloomington?

Illinois at Minnesota [3:30 p.m., BTN] - Illinois has lost five straight games, and a loss to the woeful Golden Gophers could mean an end to the Ron Zook Era.

For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries and Wisonsin blog Bucky's Fifth Quarter. Here's the complete Week 13 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation's college football news hub for more.

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