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(1-0) Akron Zips vs. Wisconsin Badgers (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 10
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
NCAA Football Spread: Wisconsin -24
NCAA Betting Total: 44
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No team had a bigger first week than Wisconsin as they took down LSU in a game most thought they might get trampled in. They are certainly not a perfect team but their defense was very impressive.
No matter who they play this year it is evident that it is going to be very difficult to score against the Badgers. They have some difficulties putting points up too though.
The Zips are not expected to do much in the MAC this season but they might qualify for a bowl game.
They certainly are not ducking anyone as they will play three straight against league contenders from the Big Ten, Conference USA and then the Sun Belt. It is probably good that they got that win against VMI last week.
They might not get another until October.
Akron is usually pretty nondescript but they have found some success under Terry Bowden – they were 8-5 last year with a Famous Idaho Potato Bowl win.
Playing in the MAC East they have a chance to surprise but I would not expect too much on Saturday.
They did beat VMI by more than 20 last week but failed to cover and needed a dominant fourth quarter to get that margin. Per the intro they needed that win to avoid what is a very challenging opening month to the schedule.
Against VMI they put up close to 600 yards of offense. QB Thomas Woodson was bombing away, throwing for more than 400 yards with six touchdowns – a fantasy dream.
It is only one game but the thing I am taking away the most was his accuracy, last year he was just a 52% passer.
He is going to have to be both accurate and decisive in taking on the best defense he has seen all season.
Wisconsin vs. LSU, even at Lambeau was not predicted to be all that great of a game.
It might not have been the most exciting football to watch but the Badgers won as 12.5 point underdogs, vaulting them into the discussion of teams that could be playoff bound.
Further, they did it with pretty miserable offensive play. Quarterback Bart Houston threw two interceptions and looked lost when not throwing it to tight end Troy Fumagalli.
The running game was just OK by Wisconsin standards but they were playing a strong LSU defense.
The Badgers defense was tremendous against LSU last week.
Yes Leonard Fournette went for more than 100 yards but they bottled up the passing game completely and prevented Fournette from having any Heisman moments.
Vince Biegel got a sack against LSU and is probably one of the more underrated defensive players nationally.
Nobody thought they could repeat what last year’s defense did but they have looked pretty darn good so far.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Zips are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Zips are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
- Under is 4-0 in Zips last 4 vs. Big Ten.
- Under is 5-0 in Badgers last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 non-conference games.
- Badgers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. MAC.
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This would probably be a logical time to fade the Badgers as they are coming off a high profile game in which they not only covered but won outright as an underdog.
However, you have to believe that the Zips are going to be able to move the ball against that Badgers defense.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Wisconsin -24
The win last week was great but the reality is that Wisconsin can play better.
It will be hard to get amped up for this one but at the same time I have to think Houston will play better and the offense will be much better as a result.
LSU is pretty nasty and Akron is far from it.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Wisconsin 49 – Akron 13
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