LSU might have one of the best teams in college football, but it’ll be put to the test right away in a fascinating matchup against a Wisconsin team needing to start strong. Check out the LSU vs. Wisconsin fearless prediction and preview.
LSU vs. Wisconsin Game Preview
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
Venue: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Why LSU Will Win
Stop the run, and the game will be over fast.
Wisconsin will be efficient and effective at times throwing the ball, but it doesn’t have a receiver able to do much of anything to put a dent into the NFL-caliber Tiger secondary. Considering the Badger quarterback situation is shaky to start the season, it’s all systems focused on the UW ground game – which creates a whole other issue.
Former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Dave Aranda was a fantastic get for the Tiger coaching staff, and it’s going to be an even better get considering he obviously knows his old team. The LSU line should be a wall against the run with the linebacking corps in place to keep Corey Clement in check, and it all starts with that loaded secondary that’ll free up everyone else to lock down on the ground attack.
Wisconsin, welcome to the Ed Orgeron front three. The LSU line coach is among the best in the business, and it should be able to hold up just fine against the bruising Badger offensive front by being active and aggressive – this group will attack. It’ll help even more that All-America-caliber Badger blocker Dan Voltz chose to retire are suffering a slew of injuries. Again, keep the ground game in check, and the Badgers won’t move the chains.
Why Wisconsin Will Win
Dave Aranda is fantastic, but new defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is going to be pretty good, too.
The Wisconsin defensive front should be frothing at the mouth to stop a banged up Leonard Fournette, starting with a strong front three of its own – it’ll be almost as good as LSU’s this year, at least statistically. This year’s Badger D should be even better than the one that dominated throughout last season.
The linebacking corps might be the best in the Big Ten, with a talented, veteran group that can get into the backfield, get nasty against the run, and do the job against No. 7 by getting him to the outside more than he might like.
Offensively, no, the Badgers aren’t going to put up massive numbers and do anything explosively, but they might not have to. Even without Voltz, the veteran O line should be far better after a year of growing pains, paving the way for a healthy and very, very well-motivated Corey Clement.
What’s Going To Happen?
It’s going to be a fun, tough battle in the Lambeau setting. There won’t be anything splashy about the ground and pound game, but the two star running backs will each have a couple of nice moments despite being bottled up for most of the day. They’ll have to really, really earn their yards, though.
The difference will be the LSU passing game, with Brandon Harris coming up with a shockingly solid day.
Considered the weak link coming into the season on the tremendous team, Harris will come up with two big pass plays to break through in the second half to finally give the Tigers a little bit of breathing room.
Just like they did against LSU two years ago to open the season, and Alabama last year, the Badgers will look solid – in defeat.
LSU vs. Wisconsin Prediction
Final Score: LSU 23, Wisconsin 17
Line: LSU -9.5, o/u: 44.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Lock of the Century – 1: Move Along … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Any Ryan Lochte interview – 1: Bridget Jones’s Baby … 5