Big 2016 NCAA Football Betting Game LSU vs. Wisconsin

Big 2016 NCAA Football Betting Game LSU vs. Wisconsin

Written by on June 2, 2016

Both LSU of the SEC and Wisconsin of the Big Ten will be Top-25 teams when the college football polls are first released later this summer. So it would be a great game between the Tigers and Badgers regardless of location when they face off this fall. But this one gets even more hype because it will be held at storied Lambeau Field in Green Bay on Sept. 3 and televised by ABC. LSU has opened as a 10-point favorite in online NCAA football betting.

Sneak Peek on NCAA Football Betting Game LSU vs. Wisconsin

Wisconsin Lines Overview

This is Wisconsin’s first game at Lambeau, and needless to say it’s an incredibly tough ticket because you simply can’t get tickets to watch the Packers when they play there. So it will be the only chance for many fans to see a game at Lambeau. Though it will be played in the state and 150 miles from Madison, it is classified as a neutral-site game. The format is similar to 2014 when UW opened the season playing the Tigers at NRG Stadium in Houston. Wisconsin will get 40,000 tickets, LSU 20,000 and the NFL club will control the rest. Lambeau holds nearly 81,000 fans.

This marks the third straight season the Badgers will open with a neutral-site game against an opponent from the SEC. In that 2014 game in Houston, LSU won 28-24. Kenny Hilliard scored on a 28-yard touchdown run to cap a fourth-quarter rally. The Badgers led 24-7 in the third quarter and had dominated the game before the sudden turn of events in the final quarter.

Last year, Wisconsin faced Alabama in Arlington, Texas, and lost 35-17. Tide running back Derrick Henry ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns to get his Heisman Trophy winning season started, and Jake Coker threw for 213 yards and a score. The Badgers were held to 40 yards rushing, their lowest total since 19 against Michigan State on Oct. 27, 2012, and had only 268 total yards in former offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s first game as head coach.

LSU Odds Analysis

LSU has one of the Heisman favorites entering this season in running back Leonard Fournette, and he will be the focus of the Wisconsin defense. Last year, Fournette was a consensus First-Team All-American as a sophomore. He led the SEC and nation in rushing with 162.8 yards a contest, finishing with 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns – both LSU single-season records. Fournette tied the school record with 10 games of at least 100 rushing yards and set LSU mark with four 200-yard games. He capped the year with a NCAA bowl record-tying five touchdowns (4 rushing, 1 receiving) to go along with 212 rushing yards in LSU’s 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.

There is one big connection between these teams. This offseason, LSU hired Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda for the same position. Aranda helped Wisconsin to a 10-3 record in 2015, capped by a 23-21 victory against USC in the Holiday Bowl. Wisconsin led the nation in scoring defense after the regular season (13.1) and was No. 3 in total defense (268.5), No. 4 in rushing defense (95.4) and No. 7 in passing defense (173.2). Aranda had guided Top-10 defenses at Wisconsin for the past three years. While coaching the Badgers against LSU in the 2014 season opener, Aranda’s defense limited the Tigers to 126 rushing yards. Wisconsin replaced him with Justin Wilcox from USC.

My Expert Betting Prediction

If anyone knows how to attack Wisconsin Badgers, it would be Dave Aranda. Thus, I like LSU Tigers on NCAA football lines here.