Wisconsin Badgers College Football Betting
Standing at 5-5 after an embarrassing home loss to the Northwestern Wildcats, the Wisconsin Badgers and first-year head coach Luke Fickell faced a season on the brink. But Wisconsin pulled itself together, found its former pride and culture, and went back to Neanderball to win its final two games. The Badgers will face the LSU Tigers in the ReliaQuest Bowl as a reward for their resurgence. Wisconsin will want to reassess their planned switch to the Air Raid as it was their Brains and Brawn formula of the past that again sparked them to success.
College Football Betting Lines
Wisconsin Badgers +10
LSU Tigers -10
Money Line: Wisconsin +281, LSU -350
Wisconsin Badgers Weekly Matchup
On Monday, January 1, 2024, the LSU Tigers of the SEC will face the Wisconsin Badgers of the Big Ten in the ReliaQuest Bowl at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL. Kickoff time is 12 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN2.
Last game, the LSU Tigers won 42-30 against the Texas A&M Aggies as 10.5-point home favorites. The game went over the total of 66. LSU has a record of 9-3 straight up, 8-4 against the spread, and 11-1 over/under the total. LSU ranks 1st for total offense, 4th for passing, 7th for rushing and 1st for scoring. Defensively, they rank 104th overall, 107th against the pass, 90th against the rush, and 82nd for points allowed. Also, LSU ranks 14th for fewest turnovers lost and 70th for takeaways.
Wisconsin Badgers Weekly Recap
Last game, the Wisconsin Badgers won 28-14 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers as 2.5-point road favorites. The game went under the total of 43.5. Wisconsin has a record of 7-5 straight up, 4-6-2 against the spread, and 4-8 over/under the total.
Wisconsin ranks 77th for total offense, 89th for passing, 61st for rushing and 123rd for scoring. Defensively, they rank 32nd overall, 27th against the pass, 45th against the rush, and 20th for points allowed. Also, Wisconsin ranks 128th for fewest turnovers lost and 36th for takeaways.
Braelon Allen rushed for 165 yards and two touchdowns to lead Wisconsin to a win over host Minnesota in a Big Ten matchup Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis.
Tanner Mordecai completed 14 of 22 passes for 145 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception for Wisconsin. Mordecai also rushed nine times for 69 yards.
Athan Kaliakmanis completed 16 of 28 passes for 167 yards, one touchdown, and one interception for Minnesota. Jordan Nubin finished with 93 yards and a rushing touchdown, and Daniel Jackson had nine catches for 121 yards and a score.
The Badgers handed Minnesota its fourth straight loss.
2023 Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule
|at Washington State
|vs. Georgia Southern
|vs. Ohio State
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.
2023 College Football Schedule
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