College Football Preview - Iowa Hawkeyes at Wisconsin Badgers 8:00 PM EST
The Badgers are a 7.5-point home favorite with the total currently sitting at 43.5 at sportsbook.com
Some of the luster has been taken off this game as Wisconsin has looked shoddy in back-to-back weeks and Iowa comes off a loss to rival Iowa State.
Still, the Badgers are 3-0 and have a nation-best 12-game winning streak intact. However, they’ve struggled with Iowa, losing four of five, including their last two at home.
Wisky is 5-2 ATS at home under Bielema and Iowa has lost six-straight road games ATS. This has been a defensive dominated series, with the under converting in six of L8 games.
With Michigan’s departure from the elite and the Big Ten bumbling and stumbling in non-conference action, the league might be more wide open then experts believed before the season began.
The first chapter will be unveiled in Madison, as the Badgers host the team the locals love to hate in Iowa. Most would believe Wisconsin is the odds on favorite to be Rose Bowl worthy at this juncture.
The Badgers defense has been sloppier then expected and will need to tighten up in league play.
Iowa’s defense has carried them in 2007, albeit against crummy offensive teams. This will be the Hawkeyes first real test to prove if they are a legit contender or pretender in the Big 10.
The offense has returned to traditional values with sophomore QB Jake Christensen. Iowa runs to set up the pass and has mostly achieved success thanks to the defense setting up shorter fields.
If Iowa expects to win, Christensen will have to make plays in the passing game. The Hawkeyes have nice trend in there favor and that is they are 8-1 ATS as underdogs in the second of back to back road encounters.
Iowa will be filled with alacrity because of the recent 4-1 SU and ATS record against Bucky’s Badgers. This will be a good measure of each clubs strengths and weaknesses headed into the teeth of the Big Ten campaign.
Prediction - Look for a handy double-digit win by the Badgers. Anything less would be uncivilized.
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