The battle out West at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California is set to kickoff at 10:30 PM ET, with ESPN 2 carrying the National Broadcast. The Big Ten is known for three-yards and a cloud of dust; grinding opponents down by utilizing the running game... passing the ball only in despair.
Well, for the newly 10th ranked Badgers, passing the ball was a necessity en route to erasing a 14-point deficit and scoring 51 unanswered points in week 2; a total that made NCAA football betting fans happy if playing the Over (O 51.5).
Thanks to QB Allan Everidge’s 308 yards through the air, Wisconsin went on to embarrass Marshall 51-14 at Camp Randall, soaring past the college football betting line of 20.5-points.
Five different Badgers reached pay-dirt against the Thundering Herd, however, TE Travis Beckum wasn’t one of them; the All-American didn’t play due to a hamstring injury. HC Bret Bielema’s defense also forced three turnovers while only allowing a total of 75 rushing yards.
Week three comes with added rest for Pat Hill’s Bulldogs, as Fresno State had a bye after their 24-7 week-one road victory over Rutgers. The win marked the 13th time since 2000 that the Bulldogs took down a BCS opponent; only Utah has more victories in that time frame for non-BCS schools.
College football betting followers saw the Bull-Under-dogs rack up 206 yards on the ground against the Scarlet Knights, 163 of them coming from sophomore Ryan Matthews. Rutgers, who was a 3.5-point favorite also, had trouble containing WR Seyi Ajirotutu, who totaled 116 yards on only three receptions.
Even with the week-two bye, Fresno State remained 21st in both polls, and as you play the NCAA Odds this Saturday, keep in mind that the Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last five non-conference games, and last five overall games.
This will be the first meeting between Wisconsin and Fresno State since a 2002 date in Madison, and the Bulldogs find themselves ‘dogged’ again as they currently sit as 1.5-point underdogs with a 51 point ‘total’.