Wisconsin vs. Nebraska Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Wisconsin is favored on the road, as the Badgers are getting odds of -11.5 points against the Cornhuskers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45.5 points. Wisconsin has won four straight over the Huskers, but Nebraska has covered in the last two meetings. Saturday’s game takes place from Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. Saturday’s game will air live at 8PM ET on the Big Ten Network.
Wisconsin is off to a 4-0 start following a 33-24 win over Northwestern last week at home. The Badgers are 1-0 in the Big Ten and 2-2 against the spread. Wisconsin has been led by its stingy defense. The Badgers are giving up just 13.5 points and 247 yards per game this year, including just 74.3 rushing yards per game. On offense, Wisconsin is putting up 40.8 points and 459.8 yards per game. Jonathan Taylor has rushed for 518 yards and seven touchdowns to lead the team while Alex Hornibrook has thrown for 898 yards and nine touchdowns.
Nebraska has improved to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in the Big Ten with a 28-6 win at Illinois last week. The Huskers are just 2-3 against the spread, failing to cover in all three games at home. Nebraska is struggling on offense this season, averaging just 30 points and 385 yards per game. Tanner Lee has thrown for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns, but also has nine interceptions. Stanley Morgan Jr. has caught 26 passes for 395 yards and four scores while Tre Bryant is the leading rusher with 299 yards and two scores, but he has missed the last three games with a knee injury and will be out on Saturday as well. Defensively, Nebraska is holding opponents to 24.4 points and 333.8 yards per game.
The Badgers have the defense to shut down Nebraska, the question is will Wisconsin be able to score enough to cover on the road. Wisconsin has been tough on the road, covering the spread in seven straight road games. The Badgers are also 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 conference games. Nebraska is just 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 home games and the Huskers haven’t covered at home this season.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: WISCONSIN -11.5