Free NCAA Football Prediction: Eagles vs. Badgers Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 2
Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-0) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Wisconsin -26
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Eastern Michigan +1225 / Wisconsin -4100
NCAA Betting Total Odds: 52
Sloppy play doomed Wisconsin in their 16-10 loss to Penn State in the series opener last week at Camp Randall Stadium. The atmosphere was electric as a full capacity crowd returned to Madison, but the play on the field couldn’t match the passion in the stands.
Eastern Michigan on the other hand did take care of business in their season opener getting a 34-15 win. Granted that was as close to an exhibition game as you can get though, as the Eagles play FCS team St. Francis PA and also failed to cover the -34.5 spread.
Eastern Michigan Eagles
We don’t really know what we’ve got with Eastern Michigan for 2021 due to the quality of their week 1 opponent. The Eagles did do a good job of sustaining drives as all five of their scores came within 5 yards. Samson Evans had 5 carries for just 11 yards, but three of those runs went for scores.
Obviously things get a bit tougher for Eastern Michigan against the Badgers’ top overall defense from a season ago. EMU played two QBs last week, but is that an asset or a problem? Incumbent starter Preston Hutchinson was 7 for 12 for 63 yards while Cincinnati transfer showed a great grasp of his new offense with an 8 for 10, 126 yard day.
The Eagles offense has a tough job on Saturday, but it’s going to be no walk in the park for the EMU defense either. Wisconsin only scored 10 points in week 1, but they left at least 17 points on the board and that’s against a Penn State defense that was 18th in the country in yards allowed in 2020 in an all Big-Ten schedule.
Wisconsin handed last week’s game over to Penn State, almost literally. They had a 2nd quarter fumble inside the 10-yard line and also threw an interception in the red zone late in the game. Throw in a 25-yard blocked field goal and UW’s season opener was marred by errors.
Week 1 wasn’t all bad for Paul Chryst’s team. Clemson transfer Chez Mellusi looks like the next in a great line of Wisconsin running backs after toting the rock 31 times for 121 yards in the opener against a good Nittany Lion squad.
The Wisconsin defense was also their usual great self for the most part last week. The Badgers allowed just 43 yards and a single first down in the first half against PSU, but had a lapse that allowed a 49-yard Jahan Dotson TD catch on Penn State’s 1st drive of the 2nd half. UW held Penn State to just 50 yards rushing.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Eagles are 23-6 ATS last 29 road games
- Eagles are 19-7 ATS last 26 non conference games
- Eagles are 1-4 ATS last 5 in September
- Badgers are 7-1 ATS last 8 vs. the MAC
- Badgers are 1-5 ATS last 6 overall
- Badgers are 0-6 ATS last 6 following a SU loss
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz is the biggest liability to the Badgers covering this 26 point number. Mertz threw two INTs last week against Penn State and also had a botched handoff inside the red zone. The quality of competition does drop a bit with Eastern Michigan compared to PSU, but Mertz still has a lot to prove.
Eastern Michigan isn’t exactly set at QB either, with their starter struggling against St. Francis last week.
4* Free Week 2 NCAA Betting Pick: Under 52
Expect a dominating performance from the Badgers defense on Sunday, but at the same time their offense has a whole lot to prove.
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