Wisconsin Season Odds
MADISON, WI (TheSpread) – With a third coach in four seasons, will Wisconsin be able to maintain its high level of play for the 2015 season?
According to oddsmakers at GTBets, Wisconsin has been given 75/1 odds to win the college football playoffs in the upcoming season. The Badgers have been given odds of +1000 to win the Big Ten Championship this year, while their over/under total for wins has been set at 9.5.
After going 10-3 in the 2014 season, Gary Andersen made a surprising decision to leave Wisconsin after two seasons to take the job at Oregon State, which is considered a lesser position in the football landscape. Despite that, Wisconsin went on to win the Outback Bowl over Auburn under former coach Barry Alvarez. Now, Paul Chryst, a former Wisconsin assistant, takes over the program after spending three seasons at Pittsburgh where he went just 19-19.
Wisconsin was once again a dominant rushing attack in 2014, averaging 320.1 yards per game, which ranked fourth in the nation. The team posted 34.6 points per game as an offense and held opponents to just 20.8 points per game. This year’s squad will need to improve on its 148.7 passing yards per game in 2014 because it lost Melvin Gordon in the backfield. He amassed 2,587 rushing yards a year ago and had 29 touchdowns. Corey Clement is back, but he has yet to be the primary back. Joel Stave and Tanner McEvoy are both back this season as QB options, but Stave played the last handful of games and threw for 1,350 yards with nine TD’s and 10 INTs.
Wisconsin will find out where it stands right off the bat, as it faces Alabama to start the season on Sept. 5. From there, the Badgers meet Miami (Ohio), Troy and Hawaii in non-conference home games. The Big Ten schedules features trips to Nebraska, Illinois, Maryland and Minnesota while it gets to host Iowa, Purdue, Rutgers and Northwestern. The issue for the Badgers is all their toughest conference games are on the road this year. If Chryst isn’t ready for the job, it could be a rough year in Madison.