Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers NCAAF Betting Line & Picks
Posted by: Charlie Smith
At the onset of the season, Wisconsin was ignored as far as being a Big Ten title contender. Nebraska was the hot trendy pick to win the West Division at the start of last year. For many gamblers, there was lingering disappointment regarding Wisconsin’s lackluster 2018 season. But fans and handicappers have again learned that the Badgers are at their best when not a top chalk with the College football odds. And after manhandling the highly touted Michigan Wolverines in a high-profile win Wisky is again getting love. By contrast, Northwestern is in free fall.
Northwestern Wildcats Vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Following their West Division championship in 2018 the Wildcats gained a lot of respect. But a deeper look reveals that Northwestern was the beneficiary of a division that was down. Now Pat Fitzgerald’s Cats are 1-2 straight up, 0-3 with the odds, and 1-2 under the total. Of great concern is an offense that ranks 120th in the nation for yards and 128th for scoring. Even worse the Cats now will be facing one of the nastiest defenses in the land.
Players to Watch: QB Hunter Johnson (308 YDS, 48.5% COMP, 4.5 AVG, 1 TD, 4 INT, 79.7 RTG, 29 RSH, 81 YDS, 2.8 YUPC, 1 TD), RB Drake Anderson (45 RSH, 237 YDS, 5.3 YPC, 2 TD), WR Bennett Skowronek (12 REC, 141 YDS, 11.8 YPC, 0 TD), DL Joe Gaziano (2.5 SACKS, 14 TACKLES), DL Alex Miller (2.5 SACKS, 12 TACKLES), PK Charlie Kuhbander (5-5 XP, 4-5 FG)
Wisconsin is 3-0 both straight up and against the spread with 2-1 over the total. Last week the Badgers caught national attention and respect with a 35-14 win over Michigan as 3-point chalks. The game was far more devastating than the score indicates. UW jumped all over the Wolverines with a 35-0 lead. Specifically, Wisconsin mauled the Wolverines for 487 total yards and 359 yards rushing. Overall the Badgers rank seventh for scoring offense and first for points allowed. Running back Jonathan Taylor is a top tier Heisman Trophy candidate. Additionally, the Badgers offensive line is back as the best.
Players to Watch: QB Jack Coan (692 YDS, 77.3% COMP, 9.2 AVG, 5 TD, 0 INT, 176.8 RTG), RB Jonathan Taylor (58 RSH, 440 YDS, 7.6 YPC, 7 TD, 6 REC, 70 YDS, 11.7 YPC, 3 TD), RB Nakia Watson (35 RSH, 140 YDS, 4.0 YPC, 2 TD), WR Quintez Cephus (11 REC, 205 YDS, 18.6 YPC, 2 TD), AJ Taylor (11 REC, 100 YDS, 9.1 YPC, 0 TD), TE Jake Ferguson (9 REC, 99 YDS, 11.0 YPC, 0 TD), LB Zack Baun (3 SACKS, 13 TACKLES)
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers Betting Numbers
14-4 ATS in their last 18 away games
2-6 with the odds in their last 8 games at Camp Randall Stadium
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers Betting Picks
In this situation, Wisconsin could prove to be an overlay with the College Football odds. The price is large and Northwestern has been a good legal betting value on the road and vs. Wisconsin.
Score Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers 31, Northwestern Wildcats 10