At the beginning of the season Wisconsin was a hot NCAA Football Betting pick on the futures board. Definitely few other teams were getting as much love as far as being tabbed to make the college football playoff. More emphatically these same “experts” ignored the massive roster turnover from the UW defense. Not to mention the far tougher schedule compared to last year. In the same way the Badgers have looked like a team that has been reading those press clippings. Indeed, Wisconsin has been sloppy and unfocused for much of the year. In turn they face dangerous Northwestern Saturday.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats
Date and Time: Saturday, October 27, 2018, noon ET
Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
NCAA Football Betting Odds at SBG:
|Wisconsin||-6½ (-110)||51½ (-110)|
|Northwestern||+6½ (-110)||51½ (-110)|
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern TV Coverage: Check Listings
At first Wisconsin has a record of 5-2 straight up but 2-5 against the spread. Over the total has paid in five of the Badgers games this season. Last week UW scored a 49-20 home payout over Illinois. Yet it was another sloppy game with lots of mistakes. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook has struggled all season. To show he has thrown six interceptions. Hence Wisconsin’s ranking of 109th in the country for passing offense. Namely the Badgers lack a breakaway receiver. Balanced against that is Wisconsin’s national rank of fourth for rushing yardage. Jonathan Taylor already has 1109 rushing yards.
Northwestern is 4-3 straight up with just three covers on the season. Last Saturday the Wildcats escaped Rutgers with an 18-15 win but failed to cover the 20-point spread. In view of their wagering value struggles is an offense that ranks 104th for scoring. Defensively the Cats are a more respectable 57th for points allowed. From this point Northwestern will be fighting tooth and nail to make a bowl game. In like manner nearly every game for them is a dog fight.
Stats to Consider
Wisconsin has been an exceptionally strong NCAA Football Betting value on the road. Consider the Badgers mark of 12-2 vs. the line away from home. UW has gone over the total in seven of their last nine away games. Balanced against that is Northwestern’s recent struggles at home. The Cats have covered the spread in just one of their last four at Ryan Field. And just two of their last six home tilts have gone over the total.
Team vs. Team
Northwestern has had the recent online wagering value edge in their series with Wisconsin. For example, the Wildcats have paid in three of their last four against the Badgers. Likewise, four of the last five in this matchup have gone under the total. At Ryan Field Northwestern has dominated the cashier’s cage against UW. Fashion the Cats getting the money in seven of their last eight home games vs. Wisconsin. The last two meetings in this series at Northwestern have gone under the total.
Matchup to Watch
Wisconsin’s lack of consistency does not bode well for this NCAA Football Betting matchup. While the Badgers are more talented they have been too sloppy too often this season. At the same time Northwestern owns this series.
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern NCAA Football Betting
In this situation Northwestern is a dangerous dog, or make that Cat, with proven bite!
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern NCAA Football Betting Pick: Northwestern Wildcats
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern NCAA Football Betting Score Prediction: Northwestern 27, Wisconsin 24
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