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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Early Betting Picks

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Latest odds and betting analysis

We’re not even halfway through July but NCAA football betting players can’t help to look ahead to the 2018 season. One early season matchup worth considering is the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Wisconsin Badgers pairing. The Badgers are coming off a highly successful season and will be looking to kick things off on a good foot. What kind of online betting odds are they facing at home?

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Wisconsin Badgers – Friday, Aug. 31st   

When: 9:00 pm ET

Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin

TV: ESPN

Stream: Watch ESPN

NCAA Football Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Western Kentucky +34½ (-110) +8500
Wisconsin -34½ (-110) -23000
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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers   

The Hilltoppers delivered a losing 6-7 record last season. Included in that was a 4-4 record in Conference USA play. That meager record saw them ranked 4th in the East Division and subsequently saw them get bullied all season long. Despite having a dominant passing game, Western Kentucky’s offense struggled against the better teams in the nation. Therefore, it’s easy to see why the NCAA football betting odds aren’t giving them much of a shot versus Wisconsin. After all, WKU closed out their 2017 season riding a 2-game losing streak. That includes their postseason 17-27 loss to Georgia State at the Cure Bowl. Despite all those troubles, head coach Mike Sanford Jr. is confident he can lead this program to a more successful outing. This will be his second season with Western Kentucky.

Players to Watch: Drew Eckels (86 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT), D’Andre Ferby (373 rushing yards, 3 TD, 3.2 AVG), and Nacarius Fant (704 receiving yards, 4 TD, 74 REC).

Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers burst onto the scene last year as one of the best teams in the nation. Their 13-1 record proved that to the tee. Included in that breathtaking record was a 9-0 conference record in Big Ten play. Naturally, Wisconsin was invited to the Big Ten championship where they would face No. 5 Ohio State. Notwithstanding their season long success, the Badgers came up short 21-27 against the Buckeyes. The season would end on a high note however as Wisconsin got the better of the Miami Hurricanes at the Orange Bowl 34-24. Paul Chryst returns to lead this team in his 4th season at the helm.

Players to Watch: Alex Hornibrook (2,644 passing yards, 25 TD, 15 INT), Jonathan Taylor (1,977 rushing yards, 13 TD, 6.6 AVG), and Quintez Cephus (501 receiving yards, 6 TD, 30 REC).

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Betting Predictions

Trends

  • Western Kentucky posted a 2-5 record SU on the road last season
  • Western Kentucky went 1-6 ATS on the road last season
  • The TOTAL went UNDER in 4 of Western Kentucky’s 7 road games last season
  • Wisconsin posted a 7-1 record SU at home last season
  • Wisconsin posted a 4-4 record ATS at home last season
  • The TOTAL went OVER in 8 of Wisconsin’s 14 games last season
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Betting Picks

So which side should players learning how to bet NCAA football online take in this Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Wisconsin Badgers pairing? All in all, it’s clear that you better stick with Wisconsin here. To make it worthwhile, take them on the spread. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 45-7 Wisconsin.   

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