Badgers predictions: Game 2 vs. Miami (Ohio)
What a difference one week makes, eh?
After being a double-digit underdog against Alabama, Wisconsin this week is a more than 30-point favorite over Miami (Ohio). (And Troy is next week, so, yeah, more of the same.)
With the Badgers out of the Associated Press top 25, not playing a marquee opponent and heavily favored, the number of predictions for this week was understandably down. But we compiled as many as could be found, although you won't find any surprises here.
Here are this week's picks from around the web:
The Associated Press' Ralph Russo -- in an exclusive pick just for FOX Sports Wisconsin!: Wisconsin 38, Miami (Ohio) 10.
All three Big Ten Network analysts are picking Wisconsin to win. The scores: Tom Dienhart 40-3; Sean Merriman 34-7; Brent Yarina 45-10.
Phil Steele: Wisconsin 44, Miami (Ohio) 3. "The matchup I like best is that big Wisconsin offensive line versus a smallish Miami defensive line. Last season against the four toughest rush offenses it faced, Miami allowed 291 YPG rushing and 6.1 YPC. Wisconsin has only Troy on deck, and even with RB Corey Clement questionable, I expect that big offensive line to gain a lot of confidence."
All four Athlon Sports analysts are picking Wisconsin to win. The scores: David Fox, 42-14; Braden Gall, 42-14; Steven Lassan, 45-13; Mitch Light, 41-11.
Pete Fiutak of Collegefootballnews.com: Wisconsin 45, Miami 10. "This is where the Wisconsin defense steps up and shines, and this is where the running game starts to rock again. This won't be pretty."
Whatifsports.com simulation: An average score of Wisconsin 33.1, Miami (Ohio) 20.7. The sim gives the Badgers an 82.2 percent chance of winning.
All six ESPN.com Big Ten contributors picked Wisconsin to win.
No shock that all seven analysts at USAToday.com pick Wisconsin to win.
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