Western Michigan vs Wisconsin Cotton Bowl Early Betting Pick

Posted by Eric Williams on Monday,December 19, 2016 4:25, EST in

The eighth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers will look to hand the unbeaten 15th-ranked Western Michigan Broncos their first loss of the season while finishing off their fine season with a victory when they take to the gridiron in the 2016 Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The Badgers are solid 7.5-point favorites to win beat the Broncos in college football lines.

Western Michigan vs Wisconsin Cotton Bowl Early Betting Pick

When: Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 at 1:00 PM ET
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
TV: ESPN
Radio: Western Michigan / Wisconsin
Live Stream: WatchESPN
NCAA Football Odds: Wisconsin -7.5

Why Bet The Western Michigan Broncos?

Western Michigan (13-0 SU, 9-4 ATS) beat Ohio29-23 in a hard-fought matchup to win their conference championship despite failing to cover the spread as 16.5-point favorites. The Broncos average a stupendous 43.5 points per game this season while simultaneously limiting their opponents to just 19.5 points per game defensively.

Quarterback Zack Terrell has a stellar season in completing a blistering 70.8 percent of his passes while throwing for 3,376 yards with 32 TD passes and just three interceptions.

Unheralded running back Jarvion Franklin had a banner season in rushing for 1,300 yards and 12 scores while wide receiver Corey Davis caught a team-high 91 passes for 1,427 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Why Bet The Wisconsin Badgers?

Wisconsin (10-3 SU, 9-3- 1 ATS) jumped all over Penn State early in their Big Ten championship matchup, but couldn’t hold off the determined Nittany Lions and ended up on the wrong side of a humbling 38-31 loss to their conference rivals while failing to cover the college football betting line as a 2.5-point favorite.

Backup quarterback Bart Houston has completed 65.1 percent of his passes for 1,086 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions after replacing injured starter Alex Hornibrook.

Running back Corey Clement rushed for a team-high 1,304 yards and 14 touchdowns while wideout Jazz Peavy and tight end Troy Fumagali combined for 74 catches for 1,132 yards and six scores.

Betting Pick & Final Score Prediction

I’ve been enamored with like Wisconsin all season, but right now, I’m thinking that Western Michigan has a ton of motivation to show everyone they can play with any team out there, including the Badgers. With that said, I’m going to urge you to back the Broncos to get the ATS cover in a narrow loss to Wisconsin.

The Badgers have won six of their last seven games while going 11-3- 1 ATS over their last 15 games, but Western Michigan has compiled a robust 11-4 ATS mark in its last 15 games and has an offense that is very difficult to keep in check, even for an elite defensive team like Wisconsin. The Badgers win, but the Broncos cover the college football ATS spread as a value-packed 7.5-point underdog in a thriller.

NCAA Football Pick: Wisconsin 28 Western Michigan 27