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The (2-1) Northwestern Wildcats of the Big Ten Conference West Division will travel to the “AMERICAS DAIRYLAND” for a week five divisional matchup.
Northwestern will take on the (4-0) And Tenth-Ranked Wisconsin Badgers also of the Big 10 West in 2017 NCAA Football action.
Game time is at 12:00 PM EST on Saturday. September 30, 2017. The ABC Television Network will broadcast the game. The teams will play at scenic Camp Randall Stadium off of the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin.
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Northwestern looks for their first road win of the season in a hostile environment. The Wildcats have plenty incentive for Saturday’s Big Ten West division opener as both hare favorites to win the division.
Wisconsin comes into Conference play with an unblemished record and looks to keep it that way Saturday. The Badgers hope to make a statement with a ball control type of offense.
The Opening Betting line has the Northwestern Wildcats as a Fifteen Point Road Underdog Against The Point Spread. The Betting Odds Total is Forty-Eight Points for Saturday’s contest.
The 2017 Northwestern Wildcats beat Bowling Green last week for their second win of the season.
Northwestern is just 1-2 Against The Number so far this season, and the Betting Odds Total has come in the last four times they have met Wisconsin.
Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald wants more consistency from his football team. The former linebacker does not want the team that went to Duke and got blown out in the opener to show up.
Starting quarterback Clayton Thorson has to play within the system and not let his ego take over. Last Saturday the offense put up 678 yards, but that was fool’s gold.
Offensive Coordinator Mick McCall must devise keep drives alive with third down conversions.
Running Back Justin Jackson rushed for 121 yards last week, but it will probably be slim pickings in Madison. Jackson rushed for just forty-two yards in last season’s 21-7 home loss to the Wisconsin Badgers.
Defensively the Wildcats must be able to get off of the field on third down and defend against a potent Wisconsin passing attack.
Bovada.Lv has the Northwestern Wildcats Over and Under win total as Eight Games for the 2017-18 season.
The Wisconsin Badgers went out to Provo, Utah last week and took care of the BYU Cougars. Wisconsin is 2-1 ATS, and the betting odds over the total has come in twice this season.
As usual, Wisconsin Head Coach Paul Chryst will look to establish dominance at the line of scrimmage.
Sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook tossed four touchdown passes in the win at Brigham Young. The Pennsylvania native is a classic drop-back passer and is consistently accurate.
Offensive Coordinator Joe Rudolph believes his signal caller has next-level talent and trusts his decision. Wisconsin is known for grinding out games, but the emergence of Hornibrook adds another dimension.
The Wisconsin defense, led by former NFL star Jim Leonhard who took the coordinator position this season.
Despite losing TJ Watt to the pro’s the Wisconsin defense is still one of the best in the Big Ten.
The key to a Wisconsin win is to grind down the Northwestern defense with long scoring drives.
Bovada.Lv has the Wisconsin Badgers at Over Nine, And A Half Wins for the 2017-18 season.
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