NCAA Football Betting: Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick

Northwestern Wildcats
(7-4, 3-8 ATS)

Wisconsin Badgers
(10-1, 6-5 ATS)


The Northwestern Wildcats might be the only thing standing between the Wisconsin Badgers and a BCS bowl game, and you can bet that Camp Randall will be Jumpin’ Around for this college football betting affair.

Northwestern has really shot itself in the foot time and time again this year, and college football wagering warriors are brutally angry with the fact that they are just 3-8 ATS in these 11 games thus far on the season. Injuries are apparently taking their toll on the offense. QB Dan Persa was knocked out for the season when he tore his Achilles tendon celebrating after a game winning TD pass two weeks ago, and now both RB Mike Trumpy and RB Jacob Schmidt are probably both on the shelf as well. That means that RB Arby Fields and QB Evan Watkins are going to be called upon to do all of the dirty work on Saturday. Fields has just 167 yards on 60 carries on the season, and Watkins is trying his best to replace a quarterback that was completing 73.5 percent of his passes before he got hurt. So far, no good. Watkins has just 179 yards and a pick to show for his 27 attempts. RB Mikel LeShoure ripped this team apart last week for 330 of Illinois’ 519 yards on the ground, and if that same problem comes up this weekend, the Wildcats are absolutely dead in the water.

Wisconsin might not have a single 1,000 yard rusher this year, but if Wisconsin’s defense has a bad enough day, there might be three men that could get there by the end of the season. RB John Clay is back in the lineup after missing a couple games that totally derailed any hope of being a Heisman Trophy finalist. He already has 929 yards to speak of on his 172 carries. RB James White and RB Montee Ball are both ready to step into Clay’s shoes when the senior graduates, and they both gave us a sneak peak last week to what we can expect. Each rumbled for 170+ yards on the day in yet another romp, which is only further accentuating the fact that the Badgers will be in a BCS bowl game with a win regardless of whether it is the Rose Bowl or not. Ball has 686 yards, while White has 895 on the season. The most impressive part? All three have 13 TDs apiece. The Badgers have won five straight both SU and ATS since beating the Ohio State Buckeyes, and they know that as long as OSU doesn’t lose to the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday, that a trip to the Rose Bowl is in order.

The Badgers have 41 TDs on the ground this year. Of the players that are healthy for Northwestern, the Wildcats have just 16, and 15 of the 16 were thrown by Persa. You tell us which team you think is going to win this one… in Camp Randall…

College Football Free Pick: Wisconsin Badgers -23.5

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