Rare Meeting Between Washington State and Wisconsin Coming on Saturday
Wisconsin and Washington State set to meet for the first time since 2007. This is the third straight season that the Badgers will face a team from the Pac-12. Both of those matchups came in bowl games. The last regular-season matchup against a Pac-12 team was a 32-30 loss at Arizona State with Wisconsin listed as a seven-point underdog on Sept. 14, 2013.
The Washington State vs Wisconsin betting odds has the Badgers favored by 17.5 points.
Wisconsin has won two of the last three games against Pac-12 teams after dropping four straight during a stretch a decade ago.
Wisconsin (+10000) is tied for 13th in the odds to win the national championship
Wisconsin (+800) is currently third in the Big Ten championship odds. Washington State (+6600) is tied for eighth in the odds to win the Pac-12 title.
Washington State vs Wisconsin Game Information
- Game: Washington State 1-0, Wisconsin 1-0
- Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
- Television: FOX
Washington State Cougars
Nakia Watson didn’t have a 100-yard rushing game in the first 33 contests he played at Washington State. He is making up for a lost time as he rushed for 117 yards on 18 carries in a season-opening win over Idaho.
The anticipated debut of former Incarnate Word quarterback Cameron Ward resulted in him throwing for 215 yards and three touchdowns. Donovan Ollie and De’Zhaun Stribling led the way with seven catches each.
Linebacker Daiyan Henley did a little bit of everything with eight tackles, an interception, three tackles for loss, and a sack in his first game since transferring in from Nevada.
Washington State finished 6 of 13 on third-down conversions while Idaho converted on just four of 17 third-down plays.
The Washington State vs Wisconsin betting odds has the visiting Cougars with some work to do when they head to meet up with one of the top teams in the Big Ten.
It didn’t take long for running back Braelon Allen is a candidate for the Heisman Trophy.
Allen ran 14 times for 148 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 38-0 win over Illinois State. Among running backs, only Bijan Robinson of Texas, Jahmyr Gibbs of Alabama, and TreVeyon Henderson of Ohio State have better odds to win the Heisman than Allen. His presence is one of the reasons why the Washington State vs Wisconsin betting odds favor the host Badgers by more than two touchdowns.
It is the third time over his last eight games that Allen has averaged more than 10 yards per carry. The Badgers 9-0 when Allen, a true sophomore, rushes for at least 100 yards in a game.
The passing game was led by players Graham Merz and Chimere Dike. Merz was 14 of 16 for 219 yards with Dike finishing with 106 yards on three carries.
Wisconsin opened the season with a shutout for the third time in the last 10 seasons.
Nick Herbig led the defense with two sacks while Maema Njongmeta led the team with eight tackles.
The defense held Illinois State scoreless in two trips to the red zone while the offense scored three touchdowns and kicked a field goal in four red-zone trips.
Washington State vs Wisconsin Injury Update
When looking at the NCAAF injury report, wide receiver Zeriah Beason missed Washington State’s season opener due to eligibility issues. It is uncertain when he will make his season debut. Receiver C.J. Moore and offensive lineman Rodrick Tialavea are out for the season.
For Wisconsin, offensive linemen Taner Bortolini (leg) and Riley Mahlman (leg), receiver Stephan Bracey (leg), cornerbacks Justin Clark (leg) and Alexander Smith (hamstring), tight end Cam Large (leg) and Jack Pugh (leg) are questionable. Defensive end Isaac Townsend (leg) and linebacker Aaron Witt (leg) are out. Defensive back Travian Blaylock (leg), defensive end Mike Jarvis (leg), and quarterback Chase Wolf (knee) are out for the season.
Washington State vs Wisconsin Head to Head
This is the first meeting between the Cougars and the Badgers since a 42-21 win by host Wisconsin in the 2007 season opener. The Wisconsin point spread is listed as a 14.5-point favorite going into that game.
Washington State is 1-6-1 against the spread in its last eight games against Big ten teams. Four of the last five games went over the total.
Four of Wisconsin’s last six meetings against Pac-12 squads have finished under the total.
Washington State vs Wisconsin Betting Preview
With both Washington State and Wisconsin opening the season against Football Championship Subdivision programs, it is hard to get a read on just where the two teams are heading into Week 2. This contest should provide more of a glimpse of where these teams are as they get closer to starting conference play.
Washington State is 8-3 against the college football betting lines in its last 11 contests. The total has gone over in four of Washington State’s last six games.
Wisconsin has won its last five home games. However, the Badgers failed to cover in two of those contests.
Wisconsin has won its last 11 home games when favored by at least 15 points going back to a 24-21 loss to Brigham Young as a 23.5-point favorite on Sept. 15, 2018. The Badgers are 7-4 against the spread in those games.Follow us on Twitter