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Penn State Football: Nittany Lions Look To Play Spoiler Against Wisconsin

by on November 28, 2013 9:40 AM

Last week Nebraska played the role of the villain, knocking off Penn State in overtime in the final home game for 17 senior Nittany Lions.

This week, Penn State will look to do the same as the Nittany Lions travel to take on a talented Wisconsin squad in its final home game of the year.

"It's going to be emotional," first year head coach Gary Andersen said Monday. "Like I said, it's emotional for me to see those kids moving across the field for the last time. It's emotional for the kids early on. But we get out there with plenty of time. They'll lock and load. My guess is they'll go through it very well.

"They'll get the pictures and have some things to remember for the rest of their lives. They'll remember that moment. I remember my Senior Day. I remember walking out there the last time, and they're going to remember it."

Unlike Nebraska, a team which has caused trouble Penn State over the past few years, the Nittany Lions have won four of the last five games against the Badgers. The only loss in that span was a 45-7 rout in 2011. This year's game though will be the first meeting between Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien and Andersen. Andersen was hired to take over the program following the departure of former Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, who's now the top man at Arkansas.

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A win on Saturday would give Penn state a winning season for the ninth straight year and would end the season on a high note following an up-and-down 2013 campaign. Even if the Nittany Lions are 6-5 on the year, that's not what Andersen sees when he looks at the film.

"Penn State, as I watch them from the film that I've evaluated, a very sound, well coached football team." Andersen says "They have some very, very talented pieces to the puzzle, which you would expect from a Penn State team, and it will be a tremendous challenge."

"They've played very hard in every game. They continue to play very hard. It will be as I get to sit down and watch more film on them, I'll get a better idea of exactly where they're at. They're going to be very good. They're going to be excited to play and very sound, and technically they take care of their business, and they play hard."

A number working in Penn State's favor? The Nittany Lions have lost two-straight games under O'Brien once, and have followed up every loss this season with a victory.

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Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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