Wisconsin vs. Purdue NCAA Football Lines Guide
The Purdue Boilermakers (1-5) have had a poor start to the season, but will be looking to change that with a first win in conference play when they take on Wisconsin Badgers (4-2) on Saturday. The Badgers, on the flipside, have had several strong outings this season, but they’ve also had a couple of hiccups along the way. For that reason, they will want to avoid any more challenges and improve to 5-2 on the season in the bid to remain relevant in the Big Ten West race. Can the Boilermakers pull off a surprising road upset or at least cover the spread in Week 7’s College Football Odds, or will the Badgers prove to be good value as big home favorites? Read on to find out in the game preview detailed below.
How To Bet the Badgers vs. Boilermakers NCAA Football Odds, TV & Game Info
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM ET
NCAAF Odds: Purdue (+20), Wisconsin (-20)
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Betting on the Wisconsin Badgers
They Badgers pulled off a 23-21 road win against the Nebraska Cornhuskers last Saturday, and will be looking continue in winning ways at home this weekend. In the previous game, QB Joel Stave had a decent contribution, completing 24 of his 50 passes for 322 yards and a TD through the air. His offensive counterpart Troy Fumagalli had a good game as well, totaling six receptions for 60 yards and one TD, while Senior receiver Alex Erickson racked up 113 yards on seven catches. The Badgers particularly had an amazing second half, outscoring Nebraska 16-7 to record the thrilling win.
The Badgers ground game, which is averaging 164.3 yards per game on the season, also had a good shift of work in last week’s performance. In order to beat the Boilermakers, the Badgers will need to repeat the same kind of performance, while belaboring to start the game strongly, rather than leaving it until late with a mountain to climb.
Defensively, the Badgers are allowing 11.5 PPG and 285.8 YPG. Moreover, the Badgers run defense is ranked 21st in the nation, giving up 111.8 rushing yards per game, which could cause headaches for the Boilermakers run game that has struggled to move the chains this season
Betting on the Purdue Boilermakers
Purdue has struggled in nearly every facet of the game. They lack a consistent QB and the defense cannot stand for the program as well, which has made it difficult to feature well against virtually all opponents they’ve faced.
In their last outing on Saturday, the Boilermakers were dominated 41-13 at home by the Minnesota Golden Gophers, a program that has largely struggled to score this season. In that game, the offense turned the ball over four times, including three interceptions from QB David Blough. In the end, the signal caller completed 21 of his 49 passes for 207 yards and a TD. Just about the only source of offense in the team was Danny Anthrop, who registered five receptions for 59 yards, which wasn’t that game-changing in the long run anyway.
On the opposite side of the ball, the Boilermakers are allowing 34.3 PPG and a whopping 429.2 yards per game. However, there are areas where the defense measures well against the Badgers. For example, the pass defense forces the opponents to struggle in earning yardages, as it is allowing just 10.3 yards per pass. Even so, this defense will have its hands full, as it will be facing Big 10’s second-leading passer in Stave, who has tallied 1,386 yards passing and 8 TDs this season.
Added to the fact that the Boilermakers could be shorthanded because Wyatt Cook and Austin Appleby are questionable with injuries, this game doesn’t look that pretty for the visitors.
Top Wisconsin vs. Purdue Key Betting Trends
• The Badgers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games
• The Boilermakers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games
• The Badgers are 4-1 SU in their last five games
• The Boilermakers are 1-11 SU in their last 12 games
• The Badgers are 10-1 SU in their last 11 games at home
• The Boilermakers are 0-5 SU in their last five games on the road
• The Badgers are 5-0 ATS in their last five games when playing Purdue
• The Boilermakers are 0-5 SU in their last five games when playing Wisconsin
• The total has gone OVER in six of Wisconsin’s last eight games when playing at home against Purdue
• The total has gone UNDER in six of Purdue’s last nine games when playing Wisconsin
My Expert Wisconsin vs. Purdue Prediction & Pick
The Boilermakers are experiencing a nightmare this season with just one win in five games. In addition, they have lost by 27 or more points twice this season, and have been giving up a ton of points early on the game. Comparably, the Badgers have had some huge wins at home this season, picking up three blow out wins at Camp Randall in the process. From the way things stand, Wisconsin should therefore be able to claim the win in this matchup, most probably along with the ATS in an averagely scoring affair that will keep the total low for an UNDER.