Add Wisconsin +1.5 to your College Football Picks vs. Nebraska

David Lawrence

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 7:26 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 7:26 PM UTC

The Badgers & Cornhuskers are both coming off terrible losses in the Big Ten. It’s a very important game for each of these teams, which are trying to repair what’s gone wrong so far this season.

The Badgers stumbled at home to Iowa, losing 10-6 despite holding the Hawkeyes to only 221 total yards. Wisconsin’s defense was spectacular, but it got no help from the offense or the kicking game. Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave was a player the team hoped would improve from 2014, thereby giving the Badgers a much better chance to win, but he could not come through. He made a lot of poor throws, and his receivers did not help him out enough times to make up the difference. The Badgers kept driving the ball deep into Iowa territory in the second half, but a fumble inside the Iowa 5 really hurt. Mistakes destroyed the Badgers and blotted out all the good things the defense did. Now this team is left to pick up the pieces.

Nebraska’s in a very similar situation. The defense did a lot that was good, but the offense was horrible in a 14-13 loss at Illinois. The offense never should have put the defense in a position to lose the game, but that’s what happened. Poor clock management in the final minute of the fourth quarter gave Illinois another possession it really shouldn’t have been able to do much with. The Illini drove 73 yards, however, and scored in the final 15 seconds to give new Nebraska coach Mike Riley a terrible loss. Riley has to be better along with his team and his quarterback, Tommy Armstrong.


Line Moves
The College Football Odds started with this game as a pick ‘em. Then it moved to Nebraska being a 2.5-point favorite, but that line has moved down again to 1.5 points for the Cornhuskers. Bettors don’t know what to make of this game. Both teams are struggling so much on offense that people can’t arrive at a firm or confident decision yet.


Notable Injuries
Wisconsin has offensive guard Ray Ball out indefinitely with a shoulder injury. Offensive lineman Hayden Biegel is questionable for undisclosed reasons. Offensive guard Jon Dietzen is out indefinitely with an ankle injury. Running back Corey Clement is out several weeks with a hernia injury. Wide receiver Alex Erickson is questionable with a concussion. Offensive tackle Beau Benzschawel is questionable with a knee injury.  

Nebraska has defensive lineman Kevin Williams listed as being out indefinitely with an undisclosed condition. Linebacker Michael Rose-Ivey is out four to six weeks with a groin injury. Tight end David Sutton will miss this game with an ankle injury. Defensive end Jack Gangwish is questionable for this game with an elbow injury. Cornerback Daniel Davie is questionable with a groin injury. Linebacker Josh Banderas is questionable with a groin injury. Defensive lineman Kevin Maurice is out indefinitely with a foot injury. Defensive lineman Vincent Valentine is questionable with an ankle injury.


Handicapping The Game
The Wisconsin defense is much better than the Nebraska defense. Wisconsin might not score a lot yet they’re the better choice for your College Football Picks because they can shut down the Huskers, something like 17-7.

College Football Pick: Wisconsin +1.5 at Pinnacle

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