BYU vs. Wisconsin Total Pick
Is the total being set too low when No. 6 Wisconsin plays host to BYU this afternoon at 3:30PM ET? Here’s our breakdown of the game.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, September 15, 2018
3:30PM ET – Camp Randall Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Wisconsin is favored at home in this game, as the Badgers are getting odds of -22.5 points against BYU. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 47 points. The public betting for this game currently has 64 percent backing Wisconsin at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Wisconsin dominant on both sides
Wisconsin has picked up a pair of 31-point wins over Western Kentucky and New Mexico this season, but haven’t covered lofty spread in either game. They have split the total in the two wins and have hit the under in four of their last six games.
The Badgers are pretty dominant on both sides of the ball right now. The defense is allowing just 8.5 points and 258 yards per game. They have limited opponents to just 157.5 passing yards per contest. Offensively, Wisconsin is scoring 39.5 points and putting up 529.5 yards per contest. Jonathan Taylor is off to a good start in his Heisman pursuit as he has 398 rushing yards and five touchdowns through two games. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook has thrown for 405 yards and three scores while A.J. Taylor has 10 catches for 219 yards and a score.
BYU playing low-scoring games
BYU has opened its season against a pair of Pac-12 teams. The Cougars started with a nice 28-23 win at Arizona in the opener, but then suffered a 21-18 loss at home to Cal. The Cougars are 2-0 with the under while splitting the spread through two games. They have hit the under in four of their last six games.
The Cougars are playing typical BYU grinder football, averaging just 339 yards per game on offense while allowing 356 per game on defense. The games are physical and somewhat ugly. Tanner Mangum has thrown for 405 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while completing 58 percent of his passes. Running back Squally Canada is the leading rusher with 147 yards and three touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
Wisconsin has hit the over in six straight following a failed cover and in four of their last five games in September.
BYU is 7-1 with the under in its last eight against a team with a winning record and 9-3 with the under in their last 12 road games.
I like Wisconsin in this game because the Badgers should be able to contain a BYU offense that has struggled to score against Pac-12 teams. The Badgers may face a little resistance from the BYU defense, but I expect the Badgers to still score consistently at home behind its run game. However, it won’t be enough to hit a low total as I don’t see BYU helping much with the total.
College Football Prediction: BYU/Wisconsin Under 47