Wisconsin vs. Troy - 9/19/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Troy Trojans (1-1) at Wisconsin Badgers (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Camp Randall Stadium)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -34.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Troy Trojans and Wisconsin Badgers play Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium.
The Troy Trojans could use a big upset after an OK 1-1 start to the year. Brandon Silvers is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 398 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Silvers has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Teddy Ruben and Bryan Holmes have combined for more than 210 receiving yards and three touchdowns while sophomore John Johnson has three receptions. The Troy Trojans ground game is averaging 123 yards per contest, and Brandon Burks leads the way with 174 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Troy is allowing 32.5 points and 412 yards per game. William Lloyd leads the Trojans with 20 tackles, Tyler Roberts has 3.5 tackles for loss and Terris Lewis has forced fumble.
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The Wisconsin Badgers look to get a game above .500 and remain unbeaten at home. Joel Stave is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 464 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Stave has a touchdown pass in six of his last eight games. Alex Erickson and Robert Wheelwright have combined for more than 240 receiving yards and four touchdowns while junior Dare Ogunbowale has nine receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 114 yards per contest, and Ogunbowale leads the way with 121 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 17.5 points and 329.5 yards per game. Joe Schobert leads the Badgers with 19 tackles, Vince Biegel has 3.5 tackles for loss and Sojourn Shelton has a forced fumble. Corey Clement, Jake Keefer and Reggie Love are questionable with injuries.
The Trojans are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 2-8-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win. The Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
Troy is certainly no slouch, as the Trojans hung with North Carolina State on the road this season and has a history of hanging around with programs such as Duke and Miss State back in 2012. The Trojans have an accruate quarterback and a defense that already has 15 tackles for loss, which is good for 30th in the country.
I don't love the pick, but if forced to side, I'm taking the points here.