Wisconsin vs. Indiana Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Wisconsin vs. Indiana fearless prediction and game preview.
Wisconsin (8-0) vs. Indiana (3-5) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 4th
Game Time: 12:00 pm ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN
It’s going to have to keep being said over the next few weeks – assuming Wisconsin keeps on winning.
Wisconsin, keep on winning.
The No. 9 ranking in the first College Football Playoff rankings don’t mean anything. Win out, go 13-0, take the Big Ten championship, get into the playoff.
But the team needs to wake up.
Ultra-conservative, way too sloppy, and very sleepy, the Badgers aren’t having that much of a problem rolling through a bad schedule. Eventually there will be bigger fish to fry with Iowa and Michigan to follow. Indiana, though, it dangerous.
It’s a decent IU team that had a rough early schedule – losing to Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan and Michigan State – there was a thought that it was about to start showing what it could do against the easier teams on the slate.
And then it couldn’t stop Maryland in a 42-39 loss.
For both teams, the time for excuses are over.
Wisconsin just needs to win, but a blowout would be nice.
Indiana needs to come up with an upset, but Illinois, Rutgers and Purdue are still winnable games left with a chance to go bowling.
One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win
The Indiana running game isn’t going anywhere.
Stuffed by Maryland, the Hoosiers came up with just 73 yards, and now they’re dealing with a run defense that allowed one rushing touchdown – a meaningless garbage play late against Illinois – in the last six games.
The Badgers might not be all that scintillant, but they continue to lead the nation in third down conversions, they keep making big plays when the ball is in the air, and the run defense is a rock, allowing just 94 yards per game.
Indiana has to throw to win, but …
One Reason Why Indiana Will Win
Wisconsin hasn’t had to deal with a slew of great quarterbacks. Nebraska’s tanner Lee threw for 271 yards and a score, and Northwestern’s Clayton Thorson threw for 219 yards and three touchdowns.
Indiana’s quarterbacks are about to put the pressure on like the Badgers haven’t seen before.
Last week, Peyton Ramsey and Richard Lagow combined to throw for 410 yards and five scores in the loss to Maryland. They’re not going to do that against the Badgers, but they’ll keep pushing the ball down the field with their big receivers giving the Wisconsin secondary issues.
Defensively, the linebackers are good enough to stall the Badger ground game and force several second-and-long situations.
This is a banged up Wisconsin team, with star RB Jonathan Taylor questionable with an ankle injury. With so many key parts hurt, this might not be the most consistent of performances on the road.
What’s Going To Happen
The game will be about the Wisconsin secondary.
Alex Hornibrook will be Alex Hornibrook, hitting plenty of third down plays while the Badger running back rotation makes up for a gimpy Taylor.
Indiana will have its moments – expect a few big downfield plays to keep it close for a while – but the Wisconsin secondary will come up with three picks, the offense will grind out the clock, and it’ll be on to the Michigan showdown.
Win, rinse, repeat.
Wisconsin vs. Indiana Prediction
Wisconsin 34, Indiana 20
Wisconsin -12.5, o/u: 48.5
1: Anything Fun or Bite Size … 2
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