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Wisconsin Badgers National Championship Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers took a step back in 2018, winning only seven regular season games and finishing near .500 in the Big Ten despite a preseason top-5 national ranking. While Wisconsin may not be on the same level of conference brethren Ohio State and Michigan, it has been a tough out for years and will aim to push back into the upper echelon of the Big Ten in 2019.
2019 Wisconsin Badgers at a Glance
Badgers National Championship Odds: 200/1
Badgers Odds to Win Big Ten: +1400
Badgers Regular Season Win Total: 8
The Badgers play a rugged style of football in which they like to run the ball a lot and play strong defense. That should be the formula once again, especially with star running back Jonathan Taylor leading the way on offense. He rushed for 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns last season and is expected to be a game-changer once again in 2019. The big question for Wisconsin on offense is the quarterback position. Starter Alex Hornibrook wasn’t very good last season and transferred to Florida State after the season. That opens the door for either Jack Coan or heralded freshman Graham Mertz, who will aim to grasp the offense quickly and get on the field.
If Wisconsin doesn’t have above average quarterback play in 2019, it will put a lot of stress on the defense. The Badgers have to replace some talented players but there is some talent returning. Wisconsin likes to win games in the trenches and has a formidable defensive line that includes Bryson Williams and Isaiah Loudermilk. Chris Orr and Zack Baun are among the top options at linebacker, while the secondary is still being ironed out as the season approaches.
The Badgers have enough of a track record that they should be able to win consistently against lower-tier Big Ten teams, but the question is how well they hold up against the top opponents in the conference. Wisconsin needs to play well in the first portion of the schedule, as it opens with five of its first six games at home, including important Big Ten matchups against Michigan, Northwestern and Michigan State. The Badgers are looking to bounce back in 2019 but that can only happen with improved quarterback play.
2019 Wisconsin Badgers Betting Schedule
||Wisconsin at South Florida
||Friday, August 30
||Wisconsin vs. Central Michigan
||Saturday, September 7
||Wisconsin vs. Michigan
||Saturday, September 21
||Wisconsin vs. Northwestern
||Saturday, September 28
||Wisconsin vs. Kent State
||Saturday, October 5
||Wisconsin vs. Michigan State
||Saturday, October 12
||Wisconsin at Illinois
||Saturday, October 19
||Wisconsin at Ohio State
||Saturday, October 26
||Wisconsin vs. Iowa
||Saturday, November 9
||Wisconsin at Nebraska
||Saturday, November 16
||Wisconsin vs. Purdue
||Saturday, November 23
||Wisconsin at Minnesota
||Saturday, November 30
Wisconsin wasn’t always the Big Ten power it is today. Original members of the conference when it formed in 1896 as the Western Conference, the Badgers have won or shared 14 conference titles with six of them coming since 1993 and five others before 1913. There were some lean years in between.
The Badgers never won more than nine games in a season and appeared in just six bowl games prior to the arrival of Barry Alvarez in 1990. It took three years for the Badgers to post their first ever 10-win season and first Big Ten title in three decades, capping off the 10-1-1 1993 campaign with their first Rose Bowl victory and a No. 6 ranking in the final AP poll. Bucky would win the Hall of Fame Bowl the following year for the first back-to-back bowl wins in program history.
Alvarez would claim two more conference titles, those coming in 1998 and 1999 when the Badgers were a combined 21-3 and won the Rose Bowl both years. Bret Bielema took over in 2006 after Alvarez retired and guided the Badgers to 12 wins.
Wisconsin won three straight Big Ten titles from 2010 to 2012. The Badgers were just 4-4 in league play in 2012, but NCAA sanctions permitted Ohio State and Penn State from winning the title. Thus the Badgers were named champs. They proved a point in the conference title game, stomping Nebraska 70-31.
Paul Chryst took the helm in 2015 and the program has continued to win, going 42-12 in his four seasons with four bowl victories and a program-record 13 wins in 2017.
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