Preview: Bowling Green at Wisconsin

When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 20, 2014
Where: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin


No. 17 Wisconsin is back on the field after a bye week and attempts to win its 31st consecutive nonconference home game when it faces Bowling Green on Saturday. The Badgers are hoping to get star tailback Melvin Gordon going against the Falcons after he had just 38 yards on 17 carries against Western Illinois on Sept. 6. “We want to run the ball better,” Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen told reporters. “That’s all of us. That’s everybody involved in the run game, including myself.”

The Badgers are also worried about the frenetic place Bowling Green has displayed through its first three games. The Falcons set a school record by running 113 plays in last week’s 45-42 victory over Indiana – Bowling Green’s first victory over a Big Ten program since 2007. Wisconsin has held opponents to 59.5 plays, 263.5 yards and 15.5 points in its first two games.

TV: Noon ET, ESPN2. LINE: Wisconsin -27.
   
ABOUT BOWLING GREEN (2-1): Quarterback James Knapke is coming off a sensational effort against Indiana in which he went 46-of-73 for 395 yards and three touchdowns. The biggest throw was Knapke’s game-winning 2-yard touchdown throw to Roger Lewis with nine seconds left, and Lewis had 16 receptions for 149 yards and has 30 catches through three games. Strong safety Brian Sutton (29 tackles), outside linebacker Gabe Martin (26 tackles) and nose guard Gus Schwieterman (team-best four tackles for losses) headline the defense.

ABOUT WISCONSIN (1-1): Quarterback Tanner McEvoy struggled in the season opener against LSU but bounced back to go 23-of-28 for 283 yards versus Western Illinois and completed 17 consecutive passes, passing Russell Wilson’s school mark of 16. Gordon became the 13th player in school history to surpass 2,500 rushing yards against Western Illinois despite a subpar performance that followed a 140-yard effort against LSU. Inside linebacker Marcus Trotter (18 tackles) and strong safety Michael Caputo (17 tackles, one interception) lead the defense.

EXTRA POINTS

1. Wisconsin has won the three previous meetings, most recently a 34-14 home win in 2006.

2. Bowling Green is allowing 569.3 yards per game, including 412.3 through the air.

3. Badgers WR Alex Erickson had 10 catches against Western Illinois – becoming the 11th player in school history with 10 or more receptions – for a career-best 122 yards.

PREDICTION: Wisconsin 40, Bowling Green 31

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Bowling Green 2-1 W2 41.3 36.0 2-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-0
Wisconsin 1-1 W1 30.5 15.5 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-0 0-0

Last Meeting

Bowling Green Wisconsin
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/2/06 WIS 35 BGSU 14 301 219 82 321 197 124

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
BGSU F. Barnes 63.2 82 0 0
WIS J. Stocco 60.0 124 1 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
BGSU F. Barnes 29 158 5.4 2
WIS P. Hill 22 130 5.9 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
BGSU K. Brantley II 2 27 13.5 0
WIS T. Beckum 3 49 16.3 0
TDs Player TD
BGSU F. Barnes 2
WIS P. Hill 1
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
BGSU J. Knapke 65.4 632 4 2
WIS T. McEvoy 59.6 333 3 3
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
BGSU T. Greene 60 343 5.7 4
WIS M. Gordon 33 178 5.4 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
BGSU R. Lewis 30 367 12.2 2
WIS A. Erickson 13 155 11.9 1
TDs Player TD
BGSU T. Greene 4
WIS C. Clement 2

Quickchart Matchup

Bowling Green Off vs  Wisconsin Def
521 yards
263.5 yards
5.2 yards/rush
2.3 yards/rush
6.8 yards/attempt
8.3 yards/attempt
Wisconsin Off vs  Bowling Green Def
387 yards
569.3 yards
5.6 yards/rush
4.2 yards/rush
6.4 yards/attempt
8.1 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
Home over/under
OPEN
-110
0
-110
64.5
Offshore Odds
CarbonSports
-110
-27
-110
63.5
Sportsbook
-110
-27
-110
63.5
5Dimes.eu
-105
-27
-105
63.5
GTBets.eu
-105
-27
-110
63.5
Top Bet
-110
-27
-110
63.5
BetOnline.ag
-105
-27
-110
63.5
BetDSI
-105
-27
-110
64
AllYouBet.ag OFF OFF
Belmont
-110
-27
-110
63.5
BookMaker.eu
-105
-27
-110
64
Vegas Odds
Westgate
-110
-27
-110
64
Mirage
-110
-26
-110
63.5
Station
-110
-27
-110
64.5
Best home line Recent line moves

Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Bowling Green Overall Wisconsin
2-1-0 W/L 1-1-0
2-1-0 ATS 0-2-0
2-1-0 O/U 1-1-0
41.3 Pts For 30.5
36.0 Pts Against 15.5
Bowling Green A/H Wisconsin
0-1 W/L 1-0
0-1-0 ATS 0-1-0
1-0-0 O/U 0-1-0
31.0 Pts For 37.0
59.0 Pts Against 3.0