The 14th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers and 13th-ranked LSU Tigers will take to the gridiron this Saturday in what could very well be the best college football showdown on the entire Week 1 docket.
Even better, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in with a potentially winning wager thanks to this fun-filled yet, expert betting breakdown on this all Top 25 matchup.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. LSU Tigers NCAAF Odds Prediction
Analysis: The first thing you may want to know about this matchup is that the Tigers will play a ranked, non-conference opponent at a neutral site to kick off its regular season for the fourth time in the past five years. Head coach Les Miles has never lost a season opener and is undefeated against ranked, non-conference opponents in the regular season.
Okay, so now that we’ve established that, college football betting buffs should also know that the Wisconsin Badgers has a fine first season under head coach Gary Andersen. Unfortunately, the Badgers didn’t perform very well in tight games, going 0- 3 in one-point contests last season.
Still, the Badgers were a monster rushing the ball last season (as always) and their 4-1 ATS in their last five games against non-conference opponents bodes well heading into this one.
Wisconsin boasts one of the top offensive lines in the nation and has a slew of gifted players they can mix and match, including star sophomore running back Corey Clement and new, versatile quarterback Tanner McEvoy, though I must admit, it ‘s going to be interesting to see how he makes the switch from safety.
LSU will hand the ball to ballyhooed running back Leonard Fournette and the more experienced Melvin Gordon. Unfortunately, the Tigers apparently don’t have a quarterback good enough to win their starting job as Miles has already gone on record to say that both, Anthony Jennings and true freshman Brandon Harris will play in this contest.
In the end, I like Wisconsin to cover the spread in a contest that looks more like a classic field goal game than anything else.
Wisconsin is just 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral site games but LSU is just 2-5 ATS in their last seven non-conference games and a dismal 1-5 ATS in their last half-dozen games overall.
With the Badgers going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and a blistering 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall, they’re my pick to cover the spread here!