2012 Big Ten Championship Game Odds & Spread: Nebraska vs. Wisconsin Print
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Friday, 30 November 2012 08:30
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Big Ten Championship Game Odds

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (The Spread) – No. 14 Nebraska looks to claim its first Big Ten Championship when it meets Wisconsin in the conference title game on Saturday at 8PM ET from Lucas Oil Stadium.

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Nebraska is 10-2 on the year and 7-1 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is 7-5 on the season and 4-4 in conference play. The Cornhuskers are 6-5-1 against the spread this year while the Badgers are 5-7 ATS. Nebraska beat Wisconsin, 30-27 back on Sept. 29 this year, but the Badgers covered the 11-point spread.

Trends show Nebraska is 5-2 against the spread in its last 7 games in December and 3-0-1 ATS in its last 4 games against a team with a winning record. Wisconsin is just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a failed cover.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Nebraska is the slight favorite in this game, as the Cornhuskers have odds of -3 points against Wisconsin. The over/under total for the game has been set at 49 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Nebraska favored by 2.5 points. The spread hit a low of 1.5 points during the week before closing at its peak of Nebraska -3.

Nebraska is coming off a 13-7 win at Iowa last week. The Cornhuskers have won six straight coming into this game and are the Legends Division champs in the Big Ten. Nebraska is averaging 35.4 points per game on offense while the defense is allowing just 22.6 points per game. Quarterback Taylor Martinez is leading the team with 2,483 passing yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 833 yards and eight scores.

Wisconsin is actually coming off a 24-21 overtime loss at Penn State last week. The Badgers have lost three of their last four games, with all of the losses coming in overtime. Wisconsin went just 4-4 in the Big Ten, but earn the Leaders Division title because both Ohio State and Penn State are ineligible for postseason play. Wisconsin is scoring just 27.5 points per game this year while the defense is allowing 18.1 points per game. Running back Montee Ball is leading the team with 1,528 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Wisconsin tackle Rob Havenstein is questionable with a knee injury while linebacker Chris Borland is probable to play despite a hamstring issue. Nebraska defensive tackle Baker Steinkuhler is expected to miss the game with a knee injury while receiver Kenny Bell is questionable with a neck injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Nebraska. The Cornhuskers are getting 64% of the wagers with odds of -3 points at Wisconsin on Saturday night.

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