ABC College Football Game of the Week Odds: Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Print
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Friday, 28 September 2012 06:30
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Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Odds

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LINCOLN, NE (The Spread) – Two of the Big Ten’s best meet up on Saturday at 8PM ET on ABC as No. 22 Nebraska hosts Wisconsin.

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Both teams come into this game at 3-1 overall. Wisconsin is 0-1 on the road and 0-4 against the spread this season while Nebraska is 3-0 at home and 3-1 ATS. These two have split the all-time series 3-3, with Wisconsin winning last year’s matchup 48-17.

Trends show that Wisconsin is 0-6 against the spread in its last 6 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games. Nebraska is 4-0 ATS in its last 4 home games but just 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games following a win.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv Nebraska is the favorite in this one, as the Cornhuskers are getting odds of -11.5 points against Wisconsin. The over/under total has been set at 51 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds had Nebraska as an 11.5-point favorite. The spread quickly climbed and reached a peak of 13.5 points before falling back to its opening spread of 11.5 points.

Since a 36-30 loss on the road to UCLA, Nebraska has come back with wins over Arkansas State and Idaho State by a combined score of 115-20. The Cornhuskers are currently averaging 48.5 points per game, which ranks eighth in the country. The offense is led by the fifth-best rushing attack in the nation, as Nebraska is averaging 317 yards per game on the ground. Ameer Abdullah has rushed for 416 yards and 5 TDs to lead the team. Defensively, Nebraska is holding opponents to an average of 19 points per game.

After last season, which saw Wisconsin average 44.1 points and 470 yards per game, the Badgers have been a mess on offense this year. Right now, Wisconsin ranks 102nd in the country in scoring (21.5 ppg), 113th in passing (169.8 ypg) and 88th in rushing (143 ypg). Senior tailback and preseason Heisman candidate, Montee Ball, has rushed for just 360 yards on 93 carries (3.9 ypc) with three touchdowns. He is expected to play on Saturday despite a head two weeks ago. The Wisconsin defense has been strong, holding opponents to only 17.8 points per game.

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In terms of Injuries, Wisconsin defensive end Brendan Kelly is questionable with a hamstring injury while safety Shelton Johnson is out with an arm injury. Nebraska receivers Tim Marlowe (collarbone) and Tyler Wullenwaber (knee) are both out for the game.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are getting 71% of the wagers with odds of -11.5 points at home against Wisconsin on Saturday.

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