The Week 10 college football line favors 8th-ranked Wisconsin when they travel to Evanston to battle Big 10 rival Northwestern. The game kicks-off on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 12:00 PM at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL.
Wisconsin Vs Northwestern Line & Expert Pick
The college football week 10 line opened with Wisconsin as 5.5-point road favorite. With brisk action on the Badgers, the betting line is now at -7. The total in this game is 42 after opening at 41.
Wisconsin is 6-2 straight up and 6-2 against the spread. Northwestern is 4-4 straight up. The Wildcats are 5-3 against the spread.
What: No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (6-2) at Northwestern Wildcats (4-4)
When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Start Time: 12:00 PM ET
Where: Evanston, IL
Stadium: Ryan Field
Spread: Wisconsin -7
Moneyline: Wisconsin -270 vs Northwestern +220
Game Total: 41
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Wisconsin vs Northwestern
Bet on Wisconsin (-7) Because…
Wisconsin has played some of the toughest teams in the nation and they’ve only lost 2 games. Wisconsin has beaten LSU 16 to 14, Iowa 17 to 9 and Nebraska 23 to 17. The Badgers’ 2 losses were to Michigan and Ohio State. Wisconsin had a chance to win both of those games, losing 23 to 30 to Ohio State in overtime and losing 7 to 14 to Michigan.
“I think it is easy to buy into what people may be saying on the outside as far as getting through the gauntlet and this being the easy part of the schedule,” Wisconsin cornerback Sojourn Shelton told UWBadgers.com. “No part of playing college football games (is) easy. Our whole thing is just not getting complacent. I think we’ve played pretty good football. Now it’s just staying consistent.”
Bet on Northwestern (+7) Because…
Northwestern is playing its best football right now. The Wildcats go into their battle against Wisconsin having lost 20 to 24 to Ohio State as a +27 home dog. Before the loss to Ohio State, Northwestern had beaten Iowa 38 to 31. They had taken down Michigan State 54 to 40. They had roughed up Indiana 24 to 14.
“It’s easy to come and show up for an Ohio State, or a Michigan State or an Iowa — we’ve got to show up every game, and it’s really biting us in the butt right now,” Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson said. “We’re a 4-4 football team, a .500 football team, and we know we shouldn’t be.”
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
Northwestern is 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games. The Wildcats are loaded to bear, meaning that they should be competitive against a Wisconsin team that is young on offense.
The key for me in this game is how Northwestern’s defense has stepped it up. The Wildcats only gave up 14 points to high-scoring Indiana on Oct. 22. Indiana averages 26.4 points per game. Northwestern’s D was terrific against Ohio State when it allowed the Buckeyes to score only 24 points. Ohio State was favored by more points to cover the spread than the number of points that they scored. The Buckeyes average close to 43 points per game.
Although Wisconsin has every right to be the favorite in this matchup , the fact of the matter is that Northwestern has proven to be as tough as any team in the Big Ten. I think that Northwestern does enough to put a scare into the Badgers on Saturday.