Badgers Wildcats Betting Preview for Week 7
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After losing an incredibly tough game at home to Ohio State Saturday night Northwestern hits the Big Ten road for what should be another tough battle, this time in Madison against 3-2 Wisconsin Saturday afternoon (3:30 pm ET, ABC).
The Wildcats led the Buckeyes by a field goal halfway through the fourth quarter, then not only lost the game but blew the cover as six-point home dogs on a stupid lateral on the last play of the game.
In the early Big Ten betting on Saturday's bout at Camp Randall the 'Cats, who have won four of the last seven games in this series, were getting 10 from the Badgers, who just had last week off.
They bring a 3-2 record (4-1 ATS) to the Week 7 battle against the 4-1 Wildcats, who are 2-3 ATS against the spread. Over under bettors have seen Wisconsin go 2-3 so far and the Wildcats go 3-2.
Bettors looking to side with the Badgers in this one found them as -10-point favorites at BetOnline. The over under number was slated to open a short time later.
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Badgers rated this week at No. 12 and the Wildcats sitting at No. 31. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 49-38 result in favor of the Badgers this week.
Last time out for Northwestern, they were a 40-30 loser as they battled Ohio State at home. Northwestern failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog, while 70 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Last time out for the the Badgers, they were scorched by $WinningWR for 207 receiving yards against the Buckeyes in a 31-24 loss at Ohio Stadium.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wisconsin's No. 32-ranked offense (37.6 PPG) against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 68 at 27 PPG. The Badgers passing attack has averaged 217.4 yards per game, less than the Wildcats give up through the air (287.6 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Wildcats feature the league's No. 47-rated road run defense, allowing 154 yards per game. Wisconsin, meanwhile, ranks No. 2 in rushing offense at home.
Northwestern at Minnesota, Saturday, October 19th
Wisconsin at Illinois, Saturday, October 19th