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Badgers vs Cowboys Pick & Preview: NCAAF Week 1 Betting Odds
On Tuesday, December 27th at 10:15 PM ET, the Wisconsin Badgers and Oklahoma State Cowboys at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. ESPN is carrying television coverage for game. This non-conference matchup has the Badgers as the -3 point favorite to come away with the win. The over-under point total is currently set at 43.5.
Badgers vs Cowboys Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAF
- Teams: Wisconsin Badgers at Oklahoma State Cowboys
- Where: Phoenix at Chase Field
- Date: Tuesday, December 27th
- Betting Odds:
- WISC -3, WISC -150 | OKST +122 O/U 43.5
The Badgers take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys with a Big Ten record of 4-5 while going 6-6 overall.
In their previous game, the Badgers fell to Minnesota at home by a score of 23-16. Wisconsin also picked up an ATS loss, as they were 3.0 point favorites entering the game. The two team’s combined to score 39 points, surpassing the over-under betting line of 36.5. In the win, the team’s defense gave up a total of 416 yards, with 97 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 19th in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, Wisconsin is ranked 47th in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 319 yards through the air.
Coming into this week’s game, the Wisconsin offense is averaging 26.5. So far, big plays have been hard to come by for the unit, as they rank poorly in explosive plays in both on the ground and through the air. However, they have an opportunity to put together an above average performance vs a Oklahoma State defense ranked 78th in EPA. Throughout the season, the Wisconsin offense has leaned on their rushing attack, but comes into the game with a below average success rate. This week could be an opportunity to improve their overall rushing numbers Oklahoma State is vulnerable up front. Heading into the game, the Badgers will be looking to turn things around in the passing game, as their per game average of 189.5 yards places them 150th in the NCAA. So far, they are the 188th ranked team in attempts per contest (25.0).
As the Cowboys travel to take on the Wisconsin Badgers, they have an overall record of 7-5. This includes going 4-5 in Big 12 action.
In their previous game, the Cowboys lost by a score of 24-19 to West Virginia. However, they were able to cover the spread as 5.5 point underdogs. With their 43 combined points, the two teams remained below the over-under line of 61.0. In the win, the team’s defense gave up a total of 327 yards, with 250 coming on the ground. So far, the team is ranked 137th in rush yards allowed per game. Currently, Oklahoma State is ranked 172nd in passing yards allowed and is coming off a game in which they gave up 77 yards through the air.
Heading into this week’s action, Oklahoma State has a tough matchup against a Wisconsin defense performing well in many advanced statistics, including EPA in which they are 14th in college football. On paper, moving the ball could be tough for Oklahoma State as they are generating explosive plays at a below average rate. Look for the Cowboys offense to struggle on the ground, as they are facing a Wisconsin defense that is tough up front. This season, the Badgers are averaging 131.75 yards per game and have a below average rush rate compared to other teams. So far, the Cowboys are the 29th ranked team in pass yards per game, with an average of 283.75. This has come while throwing the ball an average of 41.08 times per contest, placing them 14th in the NCAA.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis for this NCAFF Game
In terms of betting, the Badgers have an ATS record of 3-7-0. Their current over-under record sits at 6-4-0. Through their last 5 road contests, the Badgers offense has averaged 23.2 points per game while allowing an average of 26.2. Wisconsin posted an overall record of 2-3-0 while going 1-4-0 ATS.
In terms of betting, the Cowboys have an ATS record of 5-6-0. Their current over-under record sits at 5-6-0. Oklahoma State has played well in their previous 5 home games, going 4-1-0 straight up. In this stretch, they averaged 36.8 points per game while allowing 22.0. The team’s also performed well vs the spread at 3-2-0.
Badgers vs Cowboys Pick
Free Spread Prediction: Oklahoma State Cowboys 3
Free Total Prediction: Over 43.5