Big Ten Week 6 Overview: Wisconsin Will Keep Nebraska Reeling

Monday, October 1, 2018 1:25 PM UTC

Monday, Oct. 1, 2018 1:25 PM UTC

Nebraska has hit rock bottom and has nothing to lose against ranked Wisconsin on Saturday. Here are our thoughts on this matchup and a betting overview on all the Week 6 Big Ten action. 

<h2 style="text-align:center"><a href="" title="Game Odds">Big Ten Spotlight: Nebraska at No. 16 Wisconsin (-21.5)</a></h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Free NCAAF Pick: Badgers ATS (First Half)</h2><h2 style="text-align:center">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3448319, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,19,999991,169,93], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":2}[/]</p><p>Nebraska (0-4 SU, 0-4 ATS) heads into Camp Randall Stadium on an eight-game losing streak, the longest in program history. The Cornhuskers are 1-7 ATS in this span, losing by 20.5 points per game.</p><p>Defense is non-existent in this stretch, yielding 44.0 points per game. It surrenders an average 24.5 in the first half alone. Nebraska puts up just 10.8. <a href="" title="Free NCAAF Picks">It’s tough to dig deep and conjure up a rallying cry</a> to erase two-touchdown deficits every Saturday.</p><p>Wisconsin (3-1 SU, 1-3 ATS) is coming off a bye week, which is not a good spot for head coach Paul Chryst historically. The Badgers are 3-2 SU and 1-4 ATS when coming off a week or longer rest in the regular season, finishing 7.7 points shy of a -16.5 average line.</p><p>Defense typically comes out strong in this scenario, surrendering 17.3 points per game in regulation time. The offense, which always tends to lack elite firepower, has scored just more than 33 points once. A team is not going to cover a slew of double-digit spreads if it can’t light up the scoreboard consistently.</p><p>The O-line is as weak as any in Lincoln, and insiders believe freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez does not look 100 percent after injuring his ankle against Colorado. Moreover, the team is the third-most penalized in the nation. New head coach Scott Frost laid into his current squad following last week’s 42-28 loss to Purdue. “We look like one of the most undisciplined teams in the country,” Frost lamented. “And it kills me.”</p><p>At some point, this team will turn it around, but don’t bet on it happening at Wisconsin. <a href="" title="Lve NCAAF Odds">Lay the points with the Badgers in the first half</a>, as they jump out to a big lead before pounding the ground game to close out a win.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;.&lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@bmclaughlin4&lt;/a&gt; caught up with &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@Coach_Frost&lt;/a&gt; right before the start of the second half on &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;@HuskerSports&lt;/a&gt;.&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#GBR&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Huskers&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;September 29, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><h2 style="text-align:center">Around The Big Ten (All Games Saturday)</h2><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Northwestern at No. 20 Michigan State (-10.5)</a>, noon ET:</strong> Northwestern (1-3 SU, 2-2 ATS) has stunned Michigan State (3-1 SU, 1-3 ATS) in two of three trips to Spartan Stadium in head-to-head battles between head coaches Pat Fitzgerald and Mark Dantonio. Going 3-0 ATS, the Wildcats won 23-20 as 7-point underdogs in 2012 and 54-40 as 5.5-point pups in 2016. The lone loss came in a narrow 24-14 defeat catching 13.5 points in 2009.</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Maryland at No.15 Michigan (-17.5)</a>, noon ET, on ABC:</strong> The last 16 unranked Big Ten opponents to play at Michigan Stadium average 11.8 points per game. Only one has scored more than 20 points in a contest (Michigan State, 2016). The average final score is 47.0 points. Lean the "under" if a total opens any higher in the Maryland (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS)-Michigan (4-1 SU, 2-3 ATS) clash.</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Illinois (-2.5) at Rutgers</a>, noon ET:</strong> Illinois (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS) has played in only 11 Big Ten contests in the last decade when its tallied more wins on the year than its opponent. The Illini are 4-7 SU and 2-9 ATS, despite kicking off an average 7.7 favorite. Rutgers (1-4 SU, 2-3 ATS) trails by a single victory.</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Iowa (-5.5) at Minnesota</a>, 3:30 p.m. ET:</strong> Since 2014, Iowa (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS) is 9-3 SU and ATS in road tests against B1G West rivals, covering a -2.2 average line by 5.7 points per game. Minnesota (3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS), meanwhile, is just 2-8 SU and ATS in conference tilts behind head coach P.J. Fleck, failing to cover a 3.1 average line by 11.3 points per game.</p><p><strong><a href="" title="Game Odds">Indiana at No. 3 Ohio State (-26)</a>, 4 p.m. ET:</strong> Indiana (4-1 SU, 1-4 ATS) is 6-1 ATS in its seven matchups against Ohio State (5-0 SU, 3-2 ATS), which includes six against famed head coach Urban Meyer.</p>
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