College Football Week 5 Predictions: South Florida Bulls vs. Wisconsin Badgers

South Florida Bulls vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Saturday, 9/27/14, 12:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Wisconsin -32
Current Betting Line:  Wisconsin -33
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The Wisconsin Badgers are one of the best rushing teams in college football
The Wisconsin Badgers are one of the best rushing teams in college football

South Florida evened its record through four games, as it tallied a 17-14 victory over the Connecticut Huskies as 1.5-point home favorites last Friday, while going UNDER the betting total of 42.5.  The Bulls are being led offensively by running back Marlon Mack, which is important to consider when making your Week 5 college football predictions, as he’s ran for 100 or more yards in two games this season.  Offensively, the team’s 17 first downs established a new season high, which passed the 16 it accumulated versus Maryland in Week 2.  South Florida has gone UNDER the total in its last five games following a win.

The Bulls played tremendous pass defense last time out, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football lines, as the Huskies didn’t complete a pass until the 5:00 mark in the third quarter.  South Florida held Connecticut to a season low 145 yards, which was made possible by tallying eight tackles for loss.  From a special teams standpoint, the team is in good hands with kicker Marvin Kloss, who has hit six of his first seven attempts this year.

Wisconsin’s 68 points in its victory against Bowling Green last Saturday was the sixth-highest mark in school history.  The Badgers ran for a school record 644 yards—breaking the old mark of 564 that it established in 2012.  The offensive unit had three 100-yard rushers for the sixth time in program history, and the fifth time in its last 18 contests.  On the other side of the ball, the squad has forced five turnovers on the season and scored four touchdowns off those opponent miscues.  The UNDER is 6-1 in the team’s last seven games after scoring 40 or more poitns.

The Badgers have a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in running back Melvin Gordon, who finished with 13 carries for a career-high 253 yards.  Gordon is now tied for the NCAA career lead in yards per carry, averaging 8.26 yards per touch in that situation.  Junior signal-caller Tanner McEvoy did a great job of managing the game, while also rushing for a career-high 158 yards.

Sports bettors will likely back the Badgers due to their 21-8-1 ATS mark in their last 30 home games.

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