Wisconsin has only three games left in the regular season (time flies!) and I expect the Badgers will be a heavy favorite in each.
This week, UW is over a 20-point favorite at home against Indiana, a team the Badgers have rolled over in recent years. Thus it is no surprise to see a unanimous outlook on who will win this game. The only question, it appears, is how many points will Wisconsin score and can the Badgers hold down the Hoosier’s high-scoring offense?
Here’s this week’s picks:
Our own Jesse Temple via his Know the Foe series: Wisconsin 42, Indiana 21
All four Big Ten Network analysts are picking Wisconsin to win. The scores: Sean Merriman 56-35, Stephen Bardo 51-35, Tom Dienhart 56-29 and Brent Yarina 49-24.
Whatifsports.com simulation: Wisconsin given the edge, with a 72.3% chance of winning with an average margin of victory of 28.9-22.0. (Note: No, this is not the prediction for the halftime score.)
ESPN.com’s Adam Rittenberg and Brian Bennett: Rittenberg — Wisconsin 45, Indiana 28. “Indiana has had absolutely no answers for Wisconsin’s offense in recent years, and I can’t see the script changing Saturday. Melvin Gordon breaks out of his mini-slump with two 60-yard touchdown runs, James White adds two more touchdowns and Wisconsin puts another big number on IU. The Hoosiers strike for some early points before Wisconsin’s defense buckles down.”; Bennett — Wisconsin 48, Indiana 24. “204-41. That’s the combined score of the past three meetings between these teams. Indiana’s offense is better and should score a bit, but Wisconsin could run for 400 yards if it wanted to this week. It will settle for 350.”
All six CBSSports.com analysts are picking Wisconsin to win. Only one – Jeremy Fowler is taking Indiana + 20.5 points.
All four Athlon Sports analysts are picking Wisconsin to win. The scores: Braden Gall, UW 45-24; Mitch Light, UW 44-17; Steven Lassan, UW 48-24; David Fox, UW 56-28.
Collegefootballnews.com: Wisconsin 54, Indiana 30. “Indiana will get its shots in, and it’ll make the game fun and interesting, but Wisconsin will score at will. The Hoosiers won’t be able to slow down anything the Badgers try to do.”