Northwestern vs. Wisconsin - 11/5/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (6-2) at Northwestern Wildcats (4-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Ryan Field)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Northwestern Wildcats square off Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Ryan Field on ABC.
The Wisconsin Badgers look for their third road victory of the season to remain in the college football playoff conversation. The Wisconsin Badgers have won nine straight games against unranked teams. Alex Hornibrook is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 948 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Hornibrook has one touchdown pass in six of his seven games this season. Jazz Peavy and Robert Wheelwright have combined for 761 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Troy Fumagalli has 29 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 179.2 yards per contest, and Corey Clement leads the way with 699 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 14.6 points and 301.1 yards per game. Jack Cichy leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 60 tackles, T.J. Watt has seven sacks and Derrick Tindal has three interceptions.
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The Northwestern Wildcats look for a statement victory at home to get a game above a .500 record. The Northwestern Wildcats have four wins over ranked teams since the 2014 season. Clayton Thorson is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 1,942 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Thorson has seven touchdown passes in his last four games. Austin Carr and Flynn Nagel have combined for 1,130 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Macan Wilson has 11 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 138.7 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 868 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 21.9 points and 414.4 yards per game. Godwin Igwebuike leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 69 tackles, Ifeadi Odenigbo has eight sacks and Jared McGee has two interceptions.
The Badgers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Wildcats are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Badgers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Northwestern and the home team is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
Northwestern has won the last two meetings against Wisconsin and is a team that's finding its groove a bit after a slow start. Remember, the Wildcats just went on the road and nearly beat Ohio State. Wisconsin is a team that may be wearing down after so many tough games against ranked teams, and a contest against a physical Northwestern club could result in some trouble. Either way, I like Northwestern at home and the free touchdown.