Okay, so the 2015 college football season is here and we’ve been talking about the Alabama-Wisconsin game for quite some time now, so without having to digress into a long introduction about how this matchup is BIG deal, let’s jump straight to what you are here for—the game’s NCAA Football odds and picks. You ready? Okay, here we go…!
How To Bet the Crimson Tide vs Badgers NCAA Football Odds, TV & Game Info
Venue: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Date: Saturday, September 5, 2015
Time: 8:00 PM ET
NCAAF Odds: TBA
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Why Bet on the Alabama Crimson Tide?
The biggest concern among Tide fans as we head into this game is Alabama’s quarterback situation. Outside senior Jake Coker, none of Alabama’s remaining quarterbacks have attempted a pass at the collegiate level. So even though the Crimson Tide have formidable front seven that is expected to keep away the opposing defense from reaching the QB, there is no guarantee that the QBs (Coker, junior Alec Morris and sophomore Cooper Bateman) will be able to perform well right from the start like Blake Sims.
Fortunately for the offense, the Alabama team has a strong receiving group in ArDarius Stewart, O.J. Howard and Kenyan Drake, which is supported by a promising group of runners who are led by junior Derrick Henry. In addition, Alabama has traditionally had a strong defensive unit in the years of coach Nick Saban’s reign. The combination of a strong O-line, a troublesome D-line and a serviceable group of attackers should allow Alabama to start the season on a good-enough note, as they’ve been doing over the recent years.
That, of course, is easier said than done, as new Badgers head coach Paul Chrys will want to make a statement by giving a solid performance this Saturday, possibly with a upset victory over the highly ranked Crimson Tide.
Why Bet on the Wisconsin Badgers?
To lead their charge, the Badgers will be hoping that Joel Stave will be having one of his best days. As a starter, Stave is 21-7, and in his last 9 games in 2014, he finished with an impressive 8-1 record. Unfortunately, that lone loss was the humiliating 59-0 shutout loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. In the absence of his favorite weapons in RB Melvin Gordon, WR Kenzel Doe, TE Dallas Lewallen; Stave will need to make good use of the weapons at his disposal, including senior wide receiver Tanner McEvoy and RB Corey Clement. After averaging 7.0 yards per carry while rushing for 1,496 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2014, Clement will particularly need to have a big game, as he seeks to offer formidable support to his shaky QB and prove that he can be the next “Flash Gordon” at running back.
In regards to defense, Wisconsin’s team captain safety Michael Caputo (who led the team with 106 tackles), senior left tackle Tyler Marz and junior center Dan Voltz will be the go-to guy in O-line, while the duo of Vince Biegel and Joe Schobert (both outside linebackers) will need to work real hard in the D-line like in 2014, when they both combined for 30 tackles for a loss and 10.5 sacks.
Alabama vs Wisconsin Key Betting Trends
- Wisconsin is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
- Alabama is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games
- Alabama is 4-11-1 ATS in its last 16 games
- Wisconsin is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 non-conference games
- Alabama is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 vs. Big Ten
- Wisconsin is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 neutral site games
- The OVER is 4-1-1 in Badgers last 6 vs. SEC
- The OVER is 5-0 in Crimson Tide last 5 games overall
My Expert Alabama vs Wisconsin Betting Prediction and Picks
Obviously, the Tide will not be having it smoothly in the offense due to their unsolved QB situation, but because of their solid D, they should be able to hang with the Badgers until they find some loopholes to exploit in search of a win. Wisconsin, on the other hand, won’t be pushovers, but the overall lack of balance on both ends of the field will probably be their undoing, forcing them to crumble down at some point. So in the end, the Tide will most likely win the game for an SU, but I have a feeling that the Badgers will make life a living hell for Alabama, keeping the game close for an ATS, as the total goes OVER in a shootout affair.
NCAA Football Picks: SU—Alabama, ATS—Wisconsin, Total—OVER.