College Football Week 5 Predictions: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Saturday, 9/28/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Ohio State -7.5
Current Betting Line:  Ohio State -7
Opening Total:  54.5
Current Total:  54.5
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The Ohio State Buckeyes have scored on 21-of-22 trips inside the red zone this year
The Ohio State Buckeyes have scored on 21-of-22 trips inside the red zone this year

Wisconsin enters Saturday’s game ranked sixth nationally in total defense, while it boasts the nation’s active career leader in rushing yards, rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns in senior running back James White.  The Badgers rank third in the country in gaining 349.8 yards per game, which is important to consider when making your college football predictions in Week 5.  It’s important to remember that head coach Gary Andersen will be facing his former boss in this affair, as he worked under Urban Meyer in Utah in 2004.  Wisconsin is 4-6 SUATS on the road the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 7-3 in that situation.

The Badgers have dropped five of the last six games in this series, while they’ve gone 4-8-2 SU when both teams enter the matchup ranked in the Top 25.  Wisconsin has scored at least 30 points in four consecutive games, which happens to be tied for the fifth-longest such streak in school history.  Offensively, the team is averaging 8.0 yards per carry on its 175 rushing attempts, which ranks No. 2 in the country behind the Oregon Ducks at 8.5 in that category.

Ohio State enters the game with the nation’s longest winning streak at 16 games, while it has managed to score on 21-of-22 trips inside the red zone during the 2013 campaign—tallying 20 touchdowns and a single field goal.  The Buckeyes are averaging 529 yards per game of total offense, while allowing just 280.2, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college football betting lines Saturday night.  Meyer has compiled a 46-4 record in games played in August/September.  Ohio State is 16-2 SU and 9-9 ATS at home over the last two-plus seasons.

The Buckeyes are explosive on the offensive end, with its line welcoming back four senior starters from a season ago.  The unit boasts a combined 100 cumulative starts, as it prepares to protect either Kenny Guiton or Braxton Miller under center.  Wide receiver Devin Smith will be the main target on the perimeter, as he’s caught 14 touchdown passes, with an average distance of 41.5 yards per score.

Sports bettors will likely back the Buckeyes due to their 5-1 ATS record in the last six meetings in this series.

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