Northwestern vs. Wisconsin Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Wisconsin is favored at home, as the Badgers are getting odds of -14.5 points against Northwestern. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 50 points. The road team has won the last two in this series and they have hit the under in four straight encounters. Saturday’s game takes from Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. The contest airs live on ABC.
Wisconsin is 3-0 on the season following a 40-6 win at BYU two weeks ago. The Badgers have hit the over in two of the three games. Wisconsin has been dominant on both sides of the ball as the defense is allowing just 10 points and 248 yards per game. Offensively, the Badgers are putting up 43.3 points and 511 yards per contest. The run game has been the strength, with Jonathan Taylor rushing for 438 yards and five touchdowns in three games. Alex Hornibrook is adding 701 passing yards with eight touchdowns and one interception.
Northwestern is 2-1 on the season following a 49-7 win over Bowling Green two weeks ago. The Wildcats are 1-1-1 with the over/under total this season. Northwestern is putting up 32.3 points and 459 yards per game on offense this season. Clayton Thorson has thrown for 842 yards and four touchdowns, but also has three interceptions. Justin Jackson has 248 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 22.7 points and 410.3 yards per game.
The Wisconsin defense looks like one of the best in the nation and I think the Badgers will show that again this weekend. Northwestern is a team that wants to run the ball and the Badgers can definitely stop that. Wisconsin should have more success on offense, but Northwestern will be able to earn enough stops to keep the total somewhat low. Look for Wisconsin to win comfortably, but the total to stay below 50.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: NORTHWESTERN/WISCONSIN UNDER 50