Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers: College Football Week 7 Betting Odds and Picks

Northwestern Wildcats vs. Wisconsin Badgers
Saturday, 10/12/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Wisconsin -9.5
Current Betting Line:  Wisconsin -10.5
Opening Total:  57
Current Total:  57
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Wisconsin Badgers have enjoyed great success following a bye week historically
The Wisconsin Badgers have enjoyed great success following a bye week historically

Northwestern heads into enemy territory for the first time since the opening week of the season, as it looks to bounce back from a 40-30 defeat to the Ohio State Buckeyes as 6.5-point home underdogs last Saturday.  The Wildcats are 18-10 in true away games since the beginning of 2008, including a 12-8 mark in that situation in Big Ten Conference play during that stretch.  The team is averaging 39.0 points per game, while allowing 27.0, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks in Week 7.  Northwestern is 2-9 SU and 5-6 ATS as underdogs of 3.5 to 10 points the last two-plus seasons.

The Wildcats have scored at least 30 points in seven straight games going back to last season, which is the longest such streak in school history and tied for the second-longest active streak in the nation.  Northwestern’s passing completion percentage of 72.3 ranks No. 1 in the Big Ten and fourth nationally.  Running back Venric Mark is a dynamic playmaker—entering this week with 4,263 career all-purpose yards.

Wisconsin looks to bounce back from a one-score loss at Ohio State, as it enters this affair ranked sixth nationally in total defense and 10th in scoring defense, while sitting 15th in averaging 518.0 yards per game.  The Badgers are one of seven programs nationally to average 300 rushing yards per game this season, with sophomore running back Melvin Gordon is the league’s individual rushing leader at 139.6 yards per game.  Wisconsin is 15-2 SU and 11-6 ATS at home the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 10-5-2 in that situation.

The Badgers have won their last five regular-season games following a bye week, outscoring their opponents by a combined 243-44 margin in those contests. Wisconsin is also 7-2 following a loss since the 2010 campaign.  The program’s balanced offense has averaged 7.73 yards per play so far in 2013—the sixth-best mark of any FBS team.  Explosive plays have been a key to the team’s success this season—tallying 10 of 50-plus yards—sitting just behind the Baylor Bears in that category.

Sports bettors will likely back the Badgers due to the home team being 6-0 ATS in the last six meetings in this series.

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