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NCAA Football Betting: Marshall vs. Wisconsin Badgers

One of the first games to kickoff Saturday action for Week 2 of the NCAA football betting season will be Marshall against the Wisconsin Badgers.

The Badgers are riding high coming into the game coming off of a 38-17 win over Akron that found them in cruise control most of the way. The Thundering Herd opened their season strong as well with a 35-10 victory over FCS Illinois State.

Marshall faces an early test to see how much they have improved off of last year’s 3-9 season when they take on the Badgers this weekend. Last Saturday, the Thundering Herd ground game looked strong, rushing for 229 yards and three touchdowns in their game against Illinois State.

What the team will need to improve in order to have a chance against the Badgers is their third down efficiency, as last week they only converted one of 10 third down opportunities. Since games between Division I FBS and FCS teams do not have NCAA lines, this will be the first opportunity of the season that NCAA football betting fans have to bet on or against them.

#13 Wisconsin heads into this game still trying to shake off the underachiever tag from 2007, where the Badgers lost four games after starting the season in the Top 10. They started off the 2008 season strong by jumping out to a 17-0 lead against the Zips en route to their 38-17 win, and star RB PJ Hill carried the ball 26 times for 210 yards and hit paydirt twice with a pair of touchdowns.

New QB Allan Evridge saw a very light afternoon of work only throwing the ball 10 times the entire game. Although the Badgers cruised, they unfortunately weren’t able to cover the 26.5-points the closing NCAA odds had the Badgers favored by for college football gamblers to cash their tickets.

The college football lines have listed the Badgers as 20.5-point favorites and have set the ‘total’ at 53 points. You can bet this and find NCAA betting lines for all the other games at Sportsbook, your place to bet on college football this 2008 season. Open an account now!