Wisconsin vs. LSU - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LSU Tigers (9-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (10-3)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Lambeau Field)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +10 -- Over/Under: 44.5 See the Latest Odds
The LSU Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers open the 2016 season Saturday afternoon at Lambeau Field on ABC.
The LSU Tigers enter the season as a serious national championship contender under coach Les Miles. Brandon Harris returns at quarterback after throwing for 2,100 yards and 13 touchdowns. Malachi Dupre and Travin Dural return at wide receiver after combining for more than 1,200 yards and nine touchdowns while Colin Jeter had 12 receptions. The LSU Tigers ground game averaged 257 yards per contest last season and Leonard Fournette returns after racking up 1,900 yards and 22 touchdowns. Defensively, LSU allowed 24.3 points and 347 yards per game. Kendell Beckwith returns after 84 tackles, Lewis Neal had eight sacks and Jamal Adams had four interceptions.
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The Wisconsin Badgers get another season under Paul Chryst after winning 10 games last year. Bart Houston returns at quarterback after throwing for 281 yards and three touchdowns. Robert Wheelwright and Troy Fumagalli return at wide receiver after combining for more than 700 yards and five touchdowns while Jazz Peavy had 20 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game averaged 150 yards per contest last season and Dare Ogunbowale returns after racking up 819 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin allowed 13.7 points and 268 yards per game. T.J. Edwards returns after 84 tackles, Vince Biegel had eight sacks and Leo Musso had two interceptions.
The Tigers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games on grass. The Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. SEC.
LSU is my national championship pick, so I'm very high on the Tigers this season. Wisconsin lost a few key players on both sides of the ball and doesn't have anybody on defense who can slow down Fournette. This is pretty much a home game for Wisky and it should be able to hang around for a half or so, but the physical play of the Tigers for 60 minutes will eventually takeover.
Give me the Tigers by double digits.