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Wisconsin Badgers College Football Betting

Wisconsin Badgers College Football Betting

The Wisconsin Badgers honeymoon with new head coach Luke Fickell ended two weeks ago at Washington State. The Cougars ambushed the Badgers for a resounding upset win on national primetime ABC TV. Fickell admitted after the game that Wazzu outplayed his team. Last week, the Badgers returned home to face the Georgia Southern Eagles. It was a great opportunity to get back on track. Wisconsin made the most of the opportunity with a big win. This week brings a potentially difficult game at the Purdue Boilermakers in the Big Ten opener.

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Wisconsin Badgers -5.5

Purdue Boilermakers +5.5

Total 53.5

Wisconsin Badgers Weekly Matchup

On Friday, September 22, 2023, the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten will face the Purdue Boilermakers of the Big Ten at Ross Ade Stadium in West Lafayette, IN. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. ET, with television coverage on FS1.

Last game, the Purdue Boilermakers lost 35-20 against the Syracuse Orange as 2-point home dogs. The game went under the total of 56. Purdue has a record of 1-2 straight up, 1-2 against the spread, and 1-2 over/under the total. Purdue ranks 65th for total offense, 37th for passing, 102nd for rushing, and 82nd for scoring. Defensively, they rank 108th overall, 116th against the pass, 77th against the rush, and 105th for points allowed. Also, Purdue ranks 114th for fewest turnovers lost and 35th for takeaways.

Syracuse quarterback Garrett Shrader rushed for 195 yards on 25 carries, including four touchdowns, and passed for 184 yards Saturday night to lead the Orange to a victory over Purdue. The Orange turned two lost fumbles by Purdue into touchdowns to take a 21-7 lead at halftime.

Purdue quarterback Hudson Card’s 5-yard touchdown run closed the deficit to 21-14 with 4:28 left in the third quarter. Syracuse regained a 14-point cushion with Shrader’s 1-yard TD early in the fourth. A 1-yard TD run by Purdue's Tyrone Tracy Jr. trimmed the lead to 28-20. Ben Freehill’s PAT attempt was wide left.

Shrader’s 28-yard TD run effectively sealed it with 3:19 remaining. The Boilermakers turned the ball over on downs at the Syracuse 18 with 1:29 left. Shrader scored touchdowns on runs of 3 and 35 yards to give the Orange a 14-0 lead in the second quarter. The Boilermakers trimmed the deficit to 14-7 on Card’s 2-yard TD pass to Deion Burks.

A fumble by Card at the Syracuse 19 killed a Purdue drive. The Orange went 81 yards for the score, capped by LeQuint Allen’s 2-yard touchdown run with 2:34 left before halftime. Card completed 32 of 46 passes for 323 yards with an interception.

In addition to four turnovers, the Boilermakers had trouble establishing the run game. Purdue finished with just 80 yards on 32 attempts. In contrast, Purdue gave up 271 rushing yards.

Wisconsin Badgers Weekly Recap

Last game, the Wisconsin Badgers won 35-14 against the Georgia Southern Eagles as 21-point home favorites. The game went under the total of 65.5. Wisconsin has a record of 2-1 straight up, 0-2-1 against the spread, and 1-2 over/under the total.

Wisconsin ranks 42nd for total offense, 70th for passing, 29th for rushing and 58th for scoring. Defensively, they rank 82nd overall, 115th\ against the pass, 27th against the rush, and 58th for points allowed. Also, Wisconsin ranks 122nd for fewest turnovers lost and 24th for takeaways.

Tanner Mordecai ran for two touchdowns, Braelon Allen added two more, and the Wisconsin defense forced six turnovers - including five interceptions - to help the Badgers beat Georgia Southern.

Hunter Wohler, a junior safety who went into the game with one career interception, picked off two passes, while Ricardo Hallman, Jason Maitre, and CJ Goetz each intercepted throws by Georgia Southern's Davis Brin. Wohler finished with ten tackles, including a sack.

Brin, a Tulsa transfer, finished 33 of 53 passes for 383 yards and touchdowns for Georgia Southern but committed six turnovers, including a fumbled snap recovered by Wisconsin's Maema Njongmeta at the Badgers' 14 in the fourth quarter.

Mordecai finished 19 of 30 for 236 yards passing. He had touchdown runs of 1 and 18 yards for Wisconsin in its first meeting against the Eagles. Mordecai, a SMU transfer, also had seven carries for 36 yards and two touchdowns. Allen finished with 12 carries for 94 yards and two scores. He also had two catches for five yards. Chez Mellusi had 15 carries for 61 yards and one touchdown for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin - which had five sacks, two by Darryl Peterson - became the first Big Ten team to record at least five sacks and five or more interceptions in a game since 2000.

2023 Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule

Sep 2 vs. Buffalo W 38-17 1-0
Sep 9 at Washington State L 21-31 1-1
Sep 16 vs. Georgia Southern W 35-14 2-1
Sep 22 at Purdue - -
Oct 7 vs. Rutgers - -
Oct 14 vs. Iowa - -
Oct 21 at Illinois - -
Oct 28 vs. Ohio State - -
Nov 4 at Indiana - -
Nov 11 vs. Northwestern - -
Nov 18 vs. Nebraska - -
Nov 25 at Minnesota - -

Wisconsin began playing football in 1892 but did not become a consistent winner until the early 1990s when Barry Alvarez founded a new era of glory. Since their 1993 Rose Bowl and Big Ten championship, the Badgers have missed a bowl game only twice. The Badgers finished in the final national rankings every season but eight since 1998. Wisconsin has had six Big Ten titles since 1993 and five division titles since 2011.

Known as the Godfather, Alvarez retired as head coach in 2005 but remained as athletic director through 2019. He firmly established a formula that has sustained success through three head coaches and tough competition.

Alvarez engineered a formula of in-state offensive linemen and skill players from both in and outside the state. The Badgers have used states like New Jersey to locate dominant running backs such as Jonathan Taylor. The Badgers have developed a reputation for being both “O-Line U” and “Running Back U.”

Previous head coach Paul Chryst epitomized a perfect fit. Chryst grew up in Madison and was a UW quarterback. He led the Badgers to two final top ten national rankings and four in the top 25. But current athletic director Chris McIntosh, a UW alum, former player, and assistant AD, believes the Badgers are capable of more. And that Luke Fickell’s task as the new head coach.

Wisconsin has had many great players, including the days before Alvarez. Alan Ameche won the Heisman trophy in 1954 as a top running back. While Alvarez running back Ron Dayne hoisted the Heisman in 1999. Jonathan Taylor, Melvin Gordon, Montee Ball, Russell Wilson, Pat Richter, and Elroy Hirsch are among the past marquee men of Madison.

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2023 College Football Schedule

Alabama Crimson Tide Auburn Tigers Baylor Bears
Clemson Tigers Colorado Buffaloes Florida Gators
Florida State Seminoles Georgia Bulldogs Illinois Fighting Illini
Iowa Hawkeyes Kansas State Wildcats LSU Tigers
Miami Hurricanes Michigan Wolverines Mississippi Rebels
North Carolina State Wolfpack North Carolina Tar Heels Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Ohio State Buckeyes Oklahoma Sooners Oklahoma State Cowboys
Oregon Ducks Oregon State Beavers Penn State Nittany Lions
South Carolina Gamecocks TCU Horned Frogs Tennessee Volunteers
Texas Longhorns Texas A&M Aggies Texas Tech Red Raiders
Tulane Green Wave UCLA Bruins USC Trojans
Utah Utes Washington Huskies Wisconsin Badgers

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