Wisconsin vs. Northwestern Prediction
Will No. 20 Wisconsin stay in the Big Ten race this weekend when the Badgers go on the road to face Northwestern this Saturday at Noon ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Noon ET – Ryan Field
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, Wisconsin is favored on the road, as the Badgers are getting odds of -7 points against Northwestern. The over/under total is currently listed at 51 points. The public betting for this game currently has 75 percent going on Wisconsin on the road. 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 bounce back
The Wisconsin football team bounced back from its loss at Michigan last week when the Badgers defeated Illinois, 49-20 at home. Wisconsin is now 5-2 on the season, 3-1 in the Big Ten, 2-5 against the spread and 5-2 with the over.
The Badgers are still very tough on defense this season, allowing just 20.0 points and 356.1 yards per game. Their pass defense is holding opponents to 187.4 yards per contest. On offense, Wisconsin is putting up 33.0 points and 461.3 yards per contest. The Badgers are rushing for 282 yards per game thus far. Jonathan Taylor is leading the way with 1,109 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. Alex Hornibrook has thrown for 1,251 yards and 11 touchdowns with six interceptions.
Northwestern on fire
While not winning by large margins, Northwestern has won three straight games following a win at Rutgers last weekend. The Wildcats are now 4-3 on the season, 4-1 in the Big Ten, 3-3-1 against the spread and 4-3 with the over.
Northwestern is allowing 24.6 points and 373 yards per game on defense this season. Offensively, the Cats aren’t a dominant group, putting up 24.3 points and 374.4 yards per game. Their rushing offense is a mess, posting just 78.1 yards per game. With Jeremy Larkin out, the Cats have no real rushing presence. Clayton Thorson is doing what he can, throwing for 1,905 yards and nine touchdowns, but he also has seven interceptions. Flynn Nagel is having a strong run, catching 56 passes for 693 yards and two scores.
College Football Betting Trends
Wisconsin is 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 road games, but 0-5 ATS in their last five following a win.
Northwestern is 21-6-1 against the spread in its last 28 conference games and 7-2 ATS in its last nine following a failed cover.
Wisconsin has won the last two in the series, but the Wildcats have covered the spread in three of the last four meetings. While Northwestern has won three straight, I don’t like this matchup for the Wildcats at home. Wisconsin has a run game that is going to be tough to stop and the Badgers pass defense is one of the best in the nation. Northwestern has no run game, so if the Wildcats aren’t able to move the ball through the air, they don’t have a chance.
College Football Prediction: Wisconsin -7