Red hot Penn State heads to Camp Randall

Two weeks ago, a game between Penn State and Wisconsin would’ve been one of the biggest in college football. At that time, No. 12 Penn State would be looking to upset the No. 8 Badgers . A lot has changed in those two weeks, and when the two teams play Saturday night in Madison, Penn State will be the clear favorite. The Nittany Lions are 6-0 and have vaulted up the AP Top 25 Poll to No. 6 . They had a big win over No. 22 Illinois on Sept. 27 and last week dominated Purdue . Running a balanced spread offense, they lead the Big Ten in points per game, and are second in points allowed per game . No Penn State receiver ranks in the top 10 of the conference in receiving yards, but they still have the third-best pass offense . âÄúI think [the spread offense] can be successful anywhere if you have the right people, in the right places, doing the right things, at the right time,âÄù head coach Joe Paterno said. âÄúWe have a quarterback that can run and some of the things that he can do from the spread are suited for him.âÄù The Badgers, meanwhile, have blown fourth quarter leads in two-straight losses . Two weeks ago, they let a 19-0 second-half lead go to unranked Michigan, giving up 27 unanswered points . Last week, at home, they gave up an 80-yard game-winning drive at the end of the fourth quarter to Ohio State and true freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor . âÄúThe expectations are high on this team, and weâÄôd like them to be high,âÄù head coach Bret Bielema said. âÄúAs long as IâÄôm here, itâÄôs better to have high expectations than low expectations. And weâÄôre five points away from being a 5-and-0 football team.âÄù Wisconsin dropped out the AP poll completely this week , but are still tough to beat at home, Paterno said. The Gophers play in Madison on Nov. 15. âÄúYou’re not playing some people that aren’t used to winning,âÄù Paterno said of the Badgers. âÄúYou’re not playing people that don’t have a great tradition, don’t have a lot of pride. Certainly as they look at the tapes of the last two games they’re saying to themselves, âÄòBoy, we could have had both of those games. Let’s see if we can make up for it.âÄô âÄù Paterno, 81, might not be on the sideline for the game, however . He suffers from arthritis in his right leg and injured it on an onside kick in preseason practice and has been limited in his mobility since . He rides a motor cart around practice, but insists that it hasnâÄôt affected his ability to coach . âÄúIn fact, I can harass them more now than I did when I could walk,âÄù he said. âÄúI can get there faster. Though, I have a lousy driver. He’s going to put me in the wall one of these days.âÄù Paterno will sit in the press box, where heâÄôs already spent a game and a half this year, if his leg doesnâÄôt feel strong enough . âÄúI think he kind of keeps things a little quieter on the sideline,âÄù senior receiver Jordan Norwood said. âÄúYou’ll see coach McQueary kind of out of control on some things sometimes and he’ll tell Mike to calm down and he’ll tell everybody to calm down. I mean it’s really comforting to see him on the sideline and kind of have that reassurance sometimes, but he can still do his job from the booth.âÄù