Early Bird: Stalemate in Evanston as Badgers and Wildcats Stay ‘Under’

Willie Bee

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 12:51 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018 12:51 PM UTC

The lead in the West Division is on the line this Saturday afternoon in Evanston where Northwestern is a touchdown underdog on the NCAA football odds card vs. Wisconsin.

2018 Record: 3-4-1 (-1.25 units)


Wisconsin (5-2 SU, 2-5 ATS) at Northwestern (4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS)Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (FOX)Free NCAAF Pick: Under 51½Best Line Offered: Heritage

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We kicked October off with an early bird stop in Big Ten country, and that’s where we’ll close the month with the shores of Lake Michigan our destination for a huge showdown between the Wisconsin Badgers and Northwestern Wildcats.

Maybe we can jumpstart our livers with a Bloody Mary at Bat 17, along with an order of breakfast sliders as we catch a little College Game Day action on the tube before trekking to Ryan Field. Northwestern holds a half-game lead over Wisconsin and two others at the top of the B10’s West Division ranks, but it’s the visiting Badgers who are favored. BetOnline began the proceedings with Wisconsin laying an even touchdown, the spread dropping a half since the opener. Scoreboard punters are looking at 51-51½ for their target.

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Injuries Taking Toll On Wisconsin Defense

Paul Chryst brings the badgers to Evanston following a relatively easy win and cover last week vs. Illinois in some crazy weather. The contest started and ended under sunshine, but featured a short blizzard in the first half when the Illini turned it over five times. Wisconsin rushed for over 300 yards for the third time this season, which helped make up for junior QB Alex Hornibrook having his second consecutive 2-pick contest. There is a laundry lost of injuries on the defensive side of the ball for the Badgers, starting with defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk (ankle) who will miss his 3rd-straight game. Nose tackle Olive Sagapolu (left leg) is joined on the questionable list by safeties D’Cota Dixon (right leg) and Scott Nelson (right leg), plus corner Faion Hicks.

Northwestern won its third consecutive conference game last week, though Pat Fitzgerald’s troops struggled to get past Rutgers, 18-15, as nearly 3-TD favorites on the NCAA football odds. The Wildcats have not been able to make up for the loss of sophomore tailback Jeremy Larkin (neck) in September, and the result is one of the least effective ground games in the country. Senior QB Clayton Thorson ranks 21st in the nation with more than 1,900 yards passing, but was held to just 17-of-34 for 150 yards and no scoring strikes against Rutgers.

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Go down to field level from Saturday to experience the #B1GCats fourth Big Ten win of the season and their third in a row.

A huge Big Ten West showdown looms Saturday at Ryan Field. Be there, #B1GCats! pic.twitter.com/lcbnDzD9Cq

— #B1GCats (@NU_Sports) October 22, 2018
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Rivalry Celebrates 100th Meeting

Saturday marks the 100th meeting in this rivalry, Wisconsin holding a 59-35 lead with five ties and looking for its 3rd-straight win over the Wildcats. Northwestern has covered three of the last four, and you have to go back more than 40 years to find the last time the Wildcats were favored in the matchup. Last season’s collision in Madison went ‘over’ to stop a string of four ‘unders.’

Cloudy, a chance for morning showers and the thermometer possibly never climbing out of the 40s is the best the weatherman can offer us for this one. My best offer is a free college football pick on the ‘under.’

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