• Neither Team Has Been as Impressive as Their Ranking
  • Notre Dame’s Defense Was Exposed Early
  • Big Game for Wisconsin Ahead of Clash with Michigan

Both teams opened the season with less than impressive performances, with Wisconsin losing at home 16-10 to Big Ten foe Penn State and Notre Dame needing overtime to defeat a Florida State team on the road that is still winless in three games.

In their next game, Notre Dame flirted with disaster and had to come from behind to subdue MAC member Toledo 32-29 and finally looked like themselves in beating Purdue 27-13 last week.

Wisconsin had a week off to prepare for the Irish after taking care of business against another MAC team, defeating Eastern Michigan 34-7 in Week 2, and will host Michigan, the one in the Big Ten, in Week 5. Notre Dame will be taking a big step up in class from the teams they’ve faced so far, requiring their best effort of the season to come away with a win.

KnupSports: Notre Dame vs Wisconsin Pick and Preview

Notre Dame vs Wisconsin Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: College Football
  • Teams: Notre Dame vs Wisconsin
  • Where: Chicago, Illinois, Soldier Field
  • Date: Saturday, September 25
  • Betting Odds at PointsBet:
  • Spread: Wisconsin -6.5 (-110), Notre Dame +6.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Wisconsin -245, Notre Dame +195
  • Total: 46.5 (-110o, -110u)

Notre Dame’s first two opponents, who they beat by a combined six points, are a combined 1-5, with the only win by Toledo over FCS Norfolk State and one of the losses was by Florida State to another FCS opponent on a last-second Hail Mary by Jacksonville State.

The Irish looked better against Purdue, but they were still outgained by the Boilermakers and didn’t put the game away until they took a 14 point lead with six minutes left in the game.

On the season, Notre Dame is allowing their opponents to rush for 148 yards a game for an average of 4.3 yards per attempt. Offensively, they are relying on the passing game to move the ball as they are only gaining 2.9 yards an attempt on the ground.

Wisconsin Preview: A Good Way to Prepare for Michigan

Wisconsin outplayed Penn State in Week 1, but was victimized by two interceptions and a lost fumble, while the Nittany Lions didn’t commit any turnovers of their own in a tough conference loss for the Badgers at home in Camp Randall.

After rushing for 174 yards against Penn State’s defense, they ran the ball at will against Eastern Michigan, piling up 352 yards on the Eagles for an average of 6.4 yards a carry.

The Badgers are allowing less than 195 yards a game in total offense and only 33 yards on the ground, limiting Penn State to 50 rushing yards. This is a typical Wisconsin team that relies on the strong offensive line to move the ball on the ground and stingy defense that allows them to execute their grind-it-out style when they have the ball.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis for This College Football Game

Notre Dame is just a big loss waiting to happen, with Wisconsin posing a dangerous matchup problem for the Irish, who have had trouble stopping the run with Florida State gaining 264 yards on the ground. If Wisconsin can keep from turning the ball over, it will be a very long day for the Notre Dame defense and it’s unlikely the Irish offense can consistently move the ball on the Badger defense.

Notre Dame vs Wisconsin Pick

KnupSports.com Free Betting Pick: Wisconsin -6.5 at DraftKings

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Kevin Krest is the author of the PK Frazier series of four novels and the Beyond the Commentary blog with over 500 posts about the world of sports. Kevin covers golf, football and horse racing for and holds media credentials from the USGA, PGA, LPGA and Oaklawn Park.
As a media member, Kevin has attended and written in depth pieces about the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women's Open and several other LPGA and PGA Tour Champions events.