Wisconsin, Penn State linebackers will highlight matchup
The Badger offense will run into a solid linebacking corps when it hosts Penn State on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions are the only team with three players among the Big Ten's top 15 tacklers; Dan Connor, Sean Lee, and Paul Posluszny.
But Wisconsin's corps of Mark Zalewski, DeAndre Levy, and Jonathan Casillas has been turning heads as well and Saturday's contest will give them a chance to see how they really measure up.
Levy says the pundits underestimate the Badgers' strength and aggressiveness in the middle of their defense.
The senior Zalewski is the captain of the group. Despite a series of sprained ankles, he leads Wisconsin with 68 tackles and he's second on the team with two interceptions.
His crew has helped the Badger defense give up just 13 points a game.
The 17th ranked Badgers take a 5-1 conference record into their matchup with a Penn State squad that's 4-2.
Mehlhaff finalist for Groza Award
Wisconsin kicker Taylor Mehlhaff is one of 20 semi-finalists for the Lou Groza Award, which goes to the nation's best kicker.
Mehlhaff is the first Badger to make the initial cut since Vitaly Pisetsky in 1999.
The junior has made seven straight field goals and 11-13 this season and he's the current Big Ten special teams' player of the week.
Mehlhalf's longest kick is 51 yards against Purdue last month.
Three finalists for the Groza award will be named Nov. 20. The winner will be announced Dec. 7.