Purdue Boilermakers (5-2) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (3-4)
October 22, 2022 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -2 / Purdue Boilermakers +2 ; Over/Under: -
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The Wisconsin Badgers and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday in week 8 Big Ten college football action from Camp Randall Stadium. Purdue is coming off a matchup versus Nebraska. In that one the Boilermakers powered out a six-point victory. As for Wisconsin, they played Michigan State over the weekend. The Badgers ended up losing by six in overtime. Check back all season long for free college football picks at Sports Chat Place.
Purdue went just 1-2 over the first three games this year, beating Indiana State 56-0 in between losses to Penn State 35-31 and Syracuse 32-29. The Boilermakers hit a win streak afterward, taking out Florida Atlantic, Minnesota and Maryland.
In the Nebraska matchup, the Boilermakers took a 27-13 lead into halftime. Purdue had to hang on tight but eventually won 43-37. QB Aidan O’Connell finished with 391 yards and four scores, while Devin Mockobee led the rush with 178 yards and a TD.
Over on the Wisconsin side, they hit a 3-3 run over their first six games of 2022. The wins came courtesy of Illinois State 38-0, New Mexico State 66-7 and Northwestern 42-7. The Badgers lost to Washington State 17-14, Ohio State 52-21 and Illinois 34-10.
Matched up against Michigan State last weekend, the Badgers went punch-for-punch with the Spartans but eventually fell 34-28 in double overtime. QB Graham Mertz managed 131 yards with two scores and an INT. Braelon Allen rushed 29 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
PICK: I’m probably sticking with Purdue, but this should be a pretty fun matchup regardless. The Boilermakers were rolling on offense versus Nebraska with 608 total yards, 38 first downs and a whopping 101 total plays. Purdue gave up 476 yards on the other side and had to hang on to get the victory, but it was a nice effort to keep the win streak going.
As for Wisconsin, they were out-gained 389-283 and had a couple of turnovers but still posted a pretty good overall effort in the tough overtime loss to Michigan State. The Badgers should bounce back and give Purdue plenty of trouble, but I think the Boilermakers will eventually eke out the cover.