Badgers predictions: Game 1 vs. LSU
AUG 28, 2014 6:00p ET
Well, another college football season is upon us which can mean only one thing: The return of the weekly predictions from around the web.
So, with that out of the way, here's this week's list (oh, and don't forget to vote in our poll, found below):
FOXSports.com's Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel: Feldman -- LSU 34, Wisconsin 17. "Melvin Gordon's terrific but the Tigers linebackers are as fast and talented as any group he'll face. An even bigger problem for the Badgers is LSU's collection of tailbacks led by budding star Leonard Fournette, who will run through Wisconsin in the second half."; Mandel -- LSU 27, Wisconsin 20. "This one's hard to pick because there's so much mystery. Who will be LSU's quarterback? How will the Badgers employ new dual-threat QB Tanner McEvoy? He and RB Melvin Gordon could form a dynamic tandem, but LSU's defensive speed up front is too much."
The Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo: LSU 24, Wisconsin 17.
Three of the four Big Ten Network analysts are picking LSU to win. The scores: Tom Dienhart LSU 21-20; Sean Merriman LSU 27-24; Brent Yarina LSU 30-24; Bob Asmussen Wisconsin 24-21.
Whatifsports.com simulation: LSU given the slight edge, with a 53% chance of winning with an average margin of victory of 23-22.
All five ESPN.com Big Ten contributors picked LSU to beat Wisconsin.
All seven CBSSports.com analysts are picking LSU to win as well as taking the Tigers with a 4.5-point spread.
All four Athlon Sports analysts are picking LSU to win. The scores: David Fox, 28-21; Braden Gall, 31-14; Steven Lassan, 30-20; Mitch Light, 27-24.
Four of seven analysts at USAToday.com pick LSU to win. The breakdown: Picking Wisconsin â Nicole Auerbach, Erick Smith and Dan Wolken. Picking LSU â Paul Myerberg, George Schroeder, Eddie Timanus and Dan Uthman.
Collegefootballnews.com: LSU 30, Wisconsin 23. "The lack of a dangerous downfield passing threat will be a killer for the Badgers. Kenzel Doe and Jordan Fredrick are okay, but they'll be erased by the LSU corners, allowing the front seven to bottle up Gordon and keep McEvoy from taking off. LSU's O line will be brutally effective against a new UW defensive front three that will be fine early, but rocky late."
Coachingsearch.com's Pete Roussel and Chris Vannini: Roussel -- LSU 27, Wisconsin 13; Vannini: LSU 24, Wisconsin 10.
Each of the eight analysts at the Sporting News pick LSU to win.
Five of the six analysts at CFB 24/7 are picking LSU to win. The scores: Gil Brandt, LSU 24-20; Bucky Brooks, LSU 28-27; Daniel Jeremiah, LSU 35-28; Bryan Fischer, LSU 20-17; Chase Goodbread, Wisconsin 20-13; Mike Huguenin, LSU 24-17.
Four of the five analysts at LindySports is picking LSU to win with only Lindy Davis taking Wisconsin (note: Using a -5.5-point spread).
The Deseret News' Dick Harmon: Wisconsin 24, LSU 17.
The Oklahoman's Barry Tremel: LSU 24, Wisconsin 23.
The Pioneer Press' Marcus Fuller: LSU 23, Wisconsin 20
The Advertiser's Glenn Guilbeau: LSU 17, Wisconsin 13.