Wisconsin vs. WKU fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, August 31
Game Time: 9:00 pm ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Wisconsin (0-0) vs. WKU (0-0) Game Preview
If there’s a team Wisconsin needs to play from the Group of Five world to tune up for the rest of the schedule, WKU is about as good as it gets for a potentially dangerous test.
The Hilltoppers won’t be able to hold up with the physical style of the Badgers, and the defense shouldn’t be able to hold up, but they’re going to throw and throw and throw and throw and throw.
There aren’t a whole lot of dangerous passing teams on the Badger schedule – New Mexico and BYU are up next – and they’re going to have to start out the season dealing with a team that can bomb away well enough to make this a problem of an opener.
One Reason Why WKU Will Win
Again, WKU is going to want to throw the ball.
It might come up with single-digit rushing yards against this Badger D – WKU doesn’t run the ball and averaged just two yards per carry last season – but the offense is going to live and die by throwing it around.
The Badgers will end up being just fine in the secondary, but they also have plenty of work to do after losing three starters from a group that did a great job of coming up big at big times, but didn’t exactly face a slew of big passing teams.
How do you open up the Wisconsin defense that was among the nation’s best last season? You hit your third down throws, stretch the field, and challenge the secondary that’s used to rocking in run support. WKU can do that, but …
One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win
The WKU offense has to reload with a whole slew of new parts, and trying to figure it all out on a Friday night in Camp Randall Stadium in Madison against a team that finished second in the nation in total defense, first in pass efficiency defense, and third in scoring D isn’t going to work.
On the other side, WKU has a nice-looking defense with a good, veteran secondary and some thumpers up front, but this is the game to get the offensive line in a lather.
The Hilltoppers aren’t going to generate any sort of a pass rush – UW QB Alex Hornibrook should have plenty of time to hit his third down tries – but the running game will take over and dominate by the second half. The WKU passing game might work at times, but when it doesn’t, the time of possession battle will be brutally tipped to the Bucky side.
What’s Going To Happen
WKU will move the ball a bit better than Badger fans might like, but the yards aren’t going to lead to points.
The Wisconsin offense will be a machine from the start, getting out to an early lead with two great drives. However, the Hilltoppers will make this interesting for a little while going into halftime. And then it’ll all stop – the Badgers will have the ball for close to 40 minutes, and it’ll show late in the third quarter.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Wisconsin 37, WKU 13
Line: Wisconsin -35.5, o/u: 52.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 4
Must See Rating: 2.5
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