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Badgers Betting on Earning Their Stripes

Wisconsin Badgers  2016 BettingThe Wisconsin Badgers may not be college football betting favorites, but they certainly are a team worth keeping an eye on. Last season Wisconsin finished with a 21st ranking nationwide and as the Holiday Bowl Champions – where they beat USC 23-21. The Badgers enjoyed moderate success (10-3 record) under the guidance of first-year head coach Paul Chryst. Even more impressive than winning the Holiday Bowl is the fact that the Badgers defense was the best in college football; Wisconsin’s opponents would average just 13.1 points against the Badgers. Even with the best overall defense last year, Wisconsin’s odds for a national title still look rather bleak.

 

Odds to Win Big Ten Conference Championship Game

Wisconsin Badgers +1625

 

Odds to Win NCAA Football National Championship

Wisconsin Badgers +15000

The Badgers will begin next year’s season at the historic Lambeau Field against the Louisiana State University (LSU) Fighting Tigers on September 3rd. With less than 50 days left until kick off it’s time for the Badgers to zero in on their keys to success. One of the core groups the Badgers will be relying to step up to the plate are the wide receivers. Last season saw Wisconsin attempt more passes than in any previous year and if they are going tocontinue with that offensive mentality it’s important for Robert Wheelwright, George Rushing, and Reggie Love to earn their stripes (badger stripes that is). Wheelwright is the most experienced of the three and has proven his athletic capabilities multiple times – including making one-handed snags. Another notable mention, Jazz Peavy will also be returning for Wisconsin. Peavy will be expected to carry some of the load and he may be able to carry more than his share with his big play capabilities. Last season Peavy averaged 13.4 yards per reception and the Badgers will be betting on him to only increase those numbers next season.

 

Wisconsin has yet to name a starter for next season and the lack of clarity at the quarterback position only puts more pressure on the performance of the offensive line. The Badgers rushing performance last season was the most atrocious they’ve seen in 21 years. This is one year removed from Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement breaking the NCAA record for yards amounted by a rushing duo. No one in college football betting foresaw the Badgers rushing program dipping so hard after one season. But if the Badgers regressed by that much they can certainly improve by that much. The talent was in the backfield last season for Wisconsin, the problem was opening the lanes for the backs. If the Badgers are looking to have success in the passing game then it is pivotal for them to establish a running game, or risk having their offense become one dimensional. 

 

The Badgers staff is revamped and poised to take this team all the way to the Big Ten title game. This offseason they’ve added former Badgers Jeff Duckworth and Pat Muldoon as defensive lineman and graduate assistants. While some college football betting fans may want to stay away from Wisconsin, others believe their defense will carry them to a Big Ten championship.