In most college football seasons, oddsmakers favor the Ohio State Buckeyes to win the Big Ten East and the Wisconsin Badgers to win the Big Ten West. This season, Wisconsin looks particularly strong to take their division and battle the Big Ten East winner. As we move closer to the start of the season, check out five fearless NCAAF Betting predictions for Wisconsin football.
NCAA Football – Wisconsin Badgers: 5 Fearless Betting Predictions
2021-2022 College Football Regular Season
- When: Saturday, Aug. 28 – Saturday, Dec. 11
Prediction #1 – Wisconsin wins the Big Ten West division
For some reason, the Big Ten has put the conference’s best programs, save for Wisconsin, in the same division. Even Indiana is a Big Ten West team.
Prediction #2 – Badgers freshman running back Jalen Berger leads the Big Ten in rushing yards
How good is Jalen Berger? We’re not exactly sure because this will be the first season he starts. Based on 60 carries from 2020, though, Berger should dominate.
Wisconsin’s offensive line always opens holes for their running backs. 2021 won’t be any different. Berger averaged 5 yards per carry last season. He could boost that to 6 yards per carry because the line boasts four seniors, including a senior center.
Prediction #3 – Wisconsin loses 2 games during the regular season
Finishing a Big Ten regular season schedule unscathed is tough. Wisconsin plays against plenty of quality conference opponents, including Penn State, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Nebraska, and Minnesota.
It’s doubtful Wisconsin loses more than 2 games this season. If we believe one of the losses is to Notre Dame on Sep. 25, the Badgers figure to lose a single Big Ten game.
Prediction #4 – The Badgers win the Big Ten title game
Wisconsin looks primed to beat Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, or any other team that wins the Big Ten East Division.
If Berger comes through with a massive season, and the Badgers’ defense gels, Wisconsin should overcome the Buckeyes in the title match. Should Michigan or Penn State upset Ohio State and win the west, Wisconsin would likely be the favorite to win the Big Ten Championship.
Prediction #5 – Wisconsin wins a New Year’s Day bowl game
We’re thinking Rose Bowl. We’re not ready to say the Badgers play USC in this year’s Rose Bowl, but we’re definitely leaning that way.
The Badgers may not do enough to secure a College Football Playoff bid. Two losses, especially if one of the losses is to a team like Northwestern, will disqualify Wisconsin from a CFP trip.
But the Rose Bowl isn’t part of the College Football Playoff this season, which means if the Badgers win the Big Ten Championship, they grab the conference’s spot in the Rose Bowl.