Wisconsin Badgers vs. LSU Tigers NCAAF Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/30/14
LSU Tigers (10-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (9-4)
College Football: Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 9:00 pm (NRG Stadium)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +5 -- Over/Under: 50.5 See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and LSU Tigers square off at NRG Stadium to kick off the 2014 college football season.
The Wisconsin Badgers return only nine starters from last year’s team that finished 9-4, but their identity is going to remain the same. Five of Wisconsin’s four returning starters include four starting offensive linemen and running back Melvin Gordon. Last season, Gordon rushed for 1,600 yards and 12 touchdowns, keeping Wisconsin’s roots of power running and clock management alive. Considering the Badgers had the eighth best rushing offense in the country, this team should still be good offensively. The issue for the Wisconsin Badgers is their defense, as their entire front seven has been replaced and all of the leadership is gone as well. This game is going to be a big measuring stick to see just where Wisconsin is in terms of seriously competing in the Big Ten this season.
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We know that the LSU Tigers will once again have a terrific defense considering seven starters return from a defense that ranked third in the SEC last season. Even with a few key defenders no longer on the team, a pass rush duo of Danielle Hunter and Jermauria Rasco is hard to top, while cornerback Tre’Davious White looks to be the next great cover man in the SEC. Offense is where the LSU Tigers will have to rely on younger guys such as running back Leonard Fournette and wide receiver Travin Dural. The good news is that LSU does return four starters along the offensive line, but with a new quarterback and young skill players around him, there are certainly going to be growing pains early on offensively for the Tigers. LSU must find answers offensively in order for this to be a balanced football team.
The Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
One common trait between these two teams is that they love to run the football and control the trenches. That leads me to believe this will be a quick game and not a ton of scoring. Both teams will look to control the clock a bit and wear the opponent down.
I like the under in this matchup.