Wisconsin Badgers vs BYU Cougars in NCAAF odds tilt
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New Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen runs into a former rival when his 6-2 Badgers step out of Big Ten play to host the 6-2 BYU Cougars Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.
As head coach at Utah State Andersen went 1-3 against in-state rival BYU.
Wisconsin has won three games in a row, and covered all three games, after winning at Iowa last Saturday 28-9. In fact, the Badgers have been the best team in college football to bet on this season, with their 7-0-1 ATS record.
The Cougars have won five in a row themselves, after beating Boise State a couple weeks ago 37-20, and are 5-3 ATS this season.
As of early this week Wisconsin was favored by seven points over BYU.
The Cougars will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 5-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Badgers are 7-1 ATS. BYU is 3-5 against the total, while Wisconsin is 3-5 versus the number.
The home team opened as -9-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.
The Power Rankings at OddsShark have the No. 13-rated Cougars taking on the No. 8-rated Badgers in this contest. Handicapping models indicate a 46-35 win for the Badgers on Saturday.
BYU was a 37-20 winner in its last match at home against Boise State. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 57 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. James White ran through the Iowa defense for 132 yards in Wisconsin's last game, handing the Hawkeyes a 28-9 setback on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wisconsin's No. 20-ranked offense (38.38 PPG) against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 27 at 21.25 PPG. The Badgers passing attack has averaged 207.62 yards per game, less than the Cougars give up through the air (237.38 YPG on average).
In comparing defenses, the Cougars own the league's No. 15-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 114.33 yards per game when on the road. Wisconsin, on the other hand, rates No. 1 this week in generating rushing yards at home.
A few Cougars at Badgers trends to consider:
BYU is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
BYU is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of BYU's last 6 games
BYU is 13-5 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
Wisconsin is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Wisconsin is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Wisconsin's last 9 games
Wisconsin is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home
BYU at Idaho State, Saturday, November 16th
Wisconsin at Indiana, Saturday, November 16th