Penn State vs Wisconsin Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 1
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- Defensive Battle to take place on Saturday at Camp Randall
- Wisconsin protects home turf
- Back-and-forth affair that is decided late
A pair of Top 25 teams are set to kick off the season on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium as the Wisconsin Badgers host the Penn State Nittany Lions. Wisconsin is a favorite to win the Big Ten West while Penn State is a contender in the Big Ten East.
The Badgers are currently the 12th ranked team in the country and Penn State is number 19. Both teams have dreams of reaching the College Football Playoff, but a loss in this game could end those dreams in Week 1.
- Betting Odds & Lines for This Game
- Spread: Wisconsin Badgers -5.5
- MoneyLine: Penn State +190, Wisconsin -230
- Total: 50.0
All odds listed are courtesy of PointsBet.
Penn State vs Wisconsin Prediction: Spread
A 5.5-point spread means that the oddsmakers believe that this will be a tight contest, and that is exactly how things should play out on Saturday. There isn’t a ton of separation between these two teams, and it might come down to one single play.
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The fact that Wisconsin is playing this game at home does have a slight impact on the spread, and the game should actually be closer than 5.5-total points. Even if Penn State isn’t quite good enough to pull off the upset, the Nittany Lions will keep the final score within five points.
- Free Prediction: Penn State +5.5
Penn State vs Wisconsin Prediction: MoneyLine
Wisconsin is the best overall team in the West Division of the Big Ten Conference, and they are always a tough team to beat at home. Penn State should contend in the East, but this is a team that has some clear holes.
The fans will be back at Camp Randall Stadium, and the atmosphere is going to be electric on Saturday. Home field advantage is real in the Big Ten Conference, and that is going to play a major role in this game.
This won’t be a blowout, but Wisconsin is not losing the season opener at home.
- Free Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers -230
Penn State vs Wisconsin Prediction: Total
Penn State has the more explosive offense in this matchup, but that doesn’t mean they are going to march up and down the field. Wisconsin has a terrific defense, and they are going to make things difficult on the Nittany Lions offense.
The Badgers want to run the football, and that strategy always takes some precious time off the clock. Wisconsin will also be looking to hold on to a late lead, and they won’t be in a hurry to score.
24 points will win this game, and that will keep the betting total under 50.0 points.
- Free Prediction: Under 50.0 total points
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