Wisconsin vs. Northwestern Prediction
Wisconsin is laying 10.5 to Northwestern on Saturday afternoon in Evanston but has struggled to cover versus the Wildcats in previous meetings. Will the Badgers fail for bettors again today at 3:30 p.m. ET?
Game Matchup & Betting Odds
391 Wisconsin Badgers (-10.5) at 392 Northwestern Wildcats (+10.5); o/u 44.5
3:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, October 8, 2022
Ryan Field, Evanston, IL
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern Public Betting Information
As of this writing, our CFB Public Betting page shows that 66% of bets are on Wisconsin. That said, this page is updated frequently so make sure that you click on the link provided so that you’re getting the most updated information.
Wisconsin Badgers Game Notes
Graham Mertz went 17-of-32 passing for 206 yards and a 1:2 TD:INT ratio during Saturday's 34-10 loss to Illinois. He also lost 22 yards over seven carries. Mertz registered perhaps his worst overall outing of the 2022 season Saturday, tossing multiple interceptions for the first time this year and the fourth time in his career. After going 4-of-4 passing for 54 yards and a touchdown on the opening drive against Illinois, the third-year starter finished with a 53.1 completion percentage on his season-high 32 passing attempts. Mertz has combined for 300 passing yards and a 2:3 TD:INT ratio while completing 28 of his 52 passing attempts over the past two weeks. The junior will look to avoid turning the ball over for the fifth straight game heading into Wisconsin's next matchup at Northwestern on Oct. 8.
Northwestern Wildcats Game Notes
Ryan Hilinski went 15-of-37 passing for 210 yards and a 1:1 TD:INT ratio during Saturday's 17-7 loss on the road against Penn State. He also lost one fumble and 10 yards over six carries. Hilinski could not get things going until the second half of Saturday's loss, failing to complete a pass until the 10-minute mark of the second quarter. As a result, the junior transfer finished with a season-low 40.5 completion percentage and a mediocre 5.7 yards per attempt. Hilinski did find wide receiver Jacob Gill for a wide-open 47-yard receiving touchdown in the third quarter, but he was later stopped short of the goal line on a quarterback sneak with 12 minutes remaining. The passer's next game will come at home against division rival Wisconsin on Oct. 8.
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern Betting Trends
Under is 7-2 in the last 9 meetings
Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Northwestern
Under is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 games overall
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern Betting Prediction
The Badgers are just 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games in Evanston and 1-4 against the number in their last five games versus the Wildcats. The home team, meanwhile, has covered in 11 of the last 15 meetings between these two teams and while the underdog is 4-1 against the number in the last five meetings. Wisconsin has also dropped six of its last eight games against the number, is winless in its last four conference games and is 3-9 against the spread in its last 12 games coming off a loss.
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