NCAAF Games of the Year: Ohio State big home faves vs. Wisconsin
Odds are out for the biggest games of the college football season. Covers Expert Will Rogers gives you his insight into some of the marquee matchups and predicts where the odds could move before kickoff.
NCAAF Week 5: Wisconsin Badgers at Ohio State Buckeyes (-11)
Past History: Ohio State 4-1 SU/ATS vs. Wisconsin last five Years
Early Look at Wisconsin: There are major changes in Madison right now with Brett Bielema bolting for “greener pastures” in the SEC. Gary Andersen (Utah State) takes over and inherits a program that has been to the Rose Bowl three consecutive years (lost all three). Don't be fooled by last year’s 8-6 record, as all six defeats came by seven points or less, one of them to Ohio State in Madison, making this a huge revenge game. The Badgers have 14 returning starters and are the clear challenger to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Leaders Division. They have a win total of 8.5, which seems low.
Early Look at Ohio State: Things could not have gone better during Urban Meyer’s first season in Columbus, as the Buckeyes ran the table and finished 12-0. Well, there was that one “small” caveat. They were ineligible to play for a Big Ten or BCS Championship. Now cleared of NCAA sanctions, many have the Buckeyes finishing the regular season unbeaten one more time and potentially playing Alabama for a national championship. They will be favored in every game. One interesting tidbit is that this could be the only year that they play arch rival Michigan in successive weeks (regular season finale, Big Ten Championship Game). Quarterback Braxton Miller is a Heisman Trophy favorite and this is a legit BCS title contender.
Where This Line Will Move: With this being the Big Ten opener for both schools, there’s a good chance it will be a battle of unbeaten teams. Ohio State definitely will be 4-0. Wisconsin does have a road trip to Arizona State to worry about. With the game in Columbus and Ohio State being a public team, look for Wisconsin to be getting even more points by kickoff. The Badgers have, however, dropped seven of their last eight Big Ten road openers.