Free Week 5 Prediction: Wildcats vs Badgers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 5
(2-1) Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers (3-0)
Date: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
NCAA Football Spread: Wisconsin -14.5
NCAA Betting Total: 51
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Coming into the season I liked Northwestern as a sleeper in the Big Ten. Unfortunately I have seen little to justify that opinion since. They could give Wisconsin a scare though.
The Badgers have one of the easiest schedules of any Power 5 team. Things are getting more difficult though as this is their first league opponent.
The Wildcats have had two week to prepare for this one. The nonconference results were just OK this season. The way they lost at Duke still bothers me. They got blown out.
Justin Jackson has been one of the most productive backs in the B10 the lasy three seasons. He picked up his game with three scores against Bowling Green and they are going to need him to lead the way against the Badgers.
The Wildcats are well coached and have had success against Wisconsin, winning two of the last three and their last one at Camp Randall. All of those games came in under the total.
The Badgers have been unchallenged early. Even their trip to BYU was a cakewalk with Wisconsin winning 40-6. This will also be their first conference game and per the above they probably shouldn’t take the Wildcats likely.
The offense has been typical Wisconsin with a running game averaging near 300 yards per game. The surprise has been that Jonathan Taylor has been the lead back though. The freshman is averaging more than 8 yards per carry.
The defense has also been very good ranking in the Top 20 in all major categories. The Badgers are usually sneaky in putting up great defensive numbers and this season looks to be the same in that regard.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 5-0 in Wildcats last 5 games following a ATS win.
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Over is 9-2 in Wildcats last 11 games following a bye week.
- Over is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Badgers are 0-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Over is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 conference games.
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From the number it looks like they are worried about too much money coming in on Wisconsin at home. The Wildcats success against The Badgers should not be ignored.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Northwestern +14.5
In the last three times these programs have met no team has scored more than 21 points. The total is low but the spread was pretty substantive kind of like when the Badgers visited Provo.
Some series are just tight and this seems like one of them. Northwestern, despite their struggles has some talent and is one of the best coached programs in America.
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