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Wisconsin (4) Opens 2018 Season Against Western Kentucky

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Wisconsin Faces the Dangerous Hilltoppers

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and the Wisconsin Badgers will open their 2018 seasons on Friday night. Camp Randall Stadium will be the site of the action. ESPN will televise the game starting at 9 pm EST.

Oddsmakers opened the Badgers as -33-point favorites versus the Hilltoppers, while the game’s total opened at 51. The line is now Wisconsin 37 and the total is at 51.5.

Fourth-ranked Wisconsin looks to live up to its lofty ranking on Friday. The Badgers went unbeaten in the regular season last year. That was en route to their third Big Ten West Division title in the last four years. They fell to Ohio State in the conference championship game.

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The Badgers hope to build on their record-breaking 13-win season by earning a spot in the College Football Playoff for the first time in program history.

Wisconsin Returns Some Experience in Key Positions

Wisconsin returns several key players on offense. Including Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor. He set an NCAA freshman rushing record with 1,977 yards. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook is back after throwing 25 touchdowns passes. The lefthander will be without two major weapons.

Taylor racked up ten 100-yard games to go along with 13 touchdowns in his record-breaking freshman campaign. He is poised for another big year with all five starters returning on the offensive line. They include All-Americans Beau Benzschawel, Michael Deiter and David Edwards.

Junior Quintez Cephus, who was the team’s top returning receiver, was suspended indefinitely. He was charged with two counts of sexual assault. Danny Davis will sit out the first two games for his role in the alleged incidents.

Wisconsin has won 22 consecutive home openers. They can extend its non-conference winning streak at Camp Randall to 40 games with another victory.

Western Kentucky is Looking to Rebound

Western Kentucky is coming off its first losing season since 2010. They have hopes to earn the biggest win of Mike Sanford Jr.’s two-season tenure by knocking off a Big Ten opponent. It would be the first time in school history after losing its previous seven meetings.

Senior quarterback Drew Eckels will replace Mike White. White threw for 4,177 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. Eckels hopes to prove the critics wrong after the Hilltoppers were picked to finish fifth in Conference USA’s East Division.

Senior D’Andre Ferby is the favorite to start at running back after rushing for a team-high 373 yards in 2017. There are four other players vying for playing time in a crowded backfield.

“I think that all five guys are going to play against Wisconsin,” Sanford told reporters. “We’ve had opportunities in scrimmages to see who ran the best and that was going to decide the starter but all five of them have done really good things.”

PREDICTION: Wisconsin 41, Western Kentucky 13

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Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Western Kentucky 6-7 3-10 23.25 26.85 -3.6 2-4 1-6 7-6 4-2 3-4
Wisconsin 13-1 9-5 43.33 13.93 29.4 4-4 5-1 8-6 4-4 4-2
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Name Offense Defense Differential
WKU 14.58 14.05 0.53
WISCSN 11.79 18.81 -7.02

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
WKU 10.37 11.85 -1.48
WISCSN 14.14 11.93 2.21

Yards Per Rush

Name Offense Defense Differential
WKU 2.43 4.43 -2
WISCSN 5.58 3.16 2.42
Team Records

WKU Hilltoppers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 6-7 4-2 2-5 3-10 2-4 1-6 25.46 26.85 -1.39
vs Conf 4-3 2-1 2-2 3-4 2-1 1-3 29.14 30.00 -0.86
Last 3 1-2 1-0 0-2 1-2 1-0 0-2 25.00 35.33 -10.33

Wisconsin Badgers

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 13-1 7-1 6-0 9-5 4-4 5-1 33.79 13.93 19.86
vs Conf 9-1 5-1 4-0 6-4 3-3 3-1 30.90 14.10 16.80
Last 3 2-1 0-1 2-0 2-1 0-1 2-0 28.67 17.00 11.67

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 25.46 89 13.93 3
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 312.00 12 161.00 12
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 32.14 128 93.25 8
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 33.79 28 26.85 66
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 198.50 93 192.57 22
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 212.38 30 172.43 63

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Western Kentucky 0-1 0-0 0-0 6.00 115.00 2.17 4.00 25.00 28.00 143.00 1.00
Wisconsin 1-0 0-0 0-0 24.00 193.00 4.39 23.00 43.48 141.00 334.00 2.00

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Sep 29, 2001 WKU WISCSN 6-24 115 28 143 1 193 141 334 2

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Team Last 5 Games

WKU Hilltoppers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 16, 2017 GA.ST 17-27 L -6.5/54.5 L/U -2 351 349 143 276 419 2 A
Nov 24, 2017 FIU 17-41 L -3/57 L/O 46 355 401 122 251 373 3 A
Nv 17, 2017 MIDTEN 41-38 W 0/56 W/O 53 485 538 137 294 431 1 H
Nov 11, 2017 MARSHL 23-30 L 10/52 W/O 34 334 368 144 190 334 1 A
Nv 4, 2017 VANDY 17-31 L 12.5/53.5 L/U -6 355 349 174 220 394 0 A

Wisconsin Badgers

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Dec 30, 2017 MI-FL 34-24 W -6.5/45.5 W/O 142 258 400 174 203 377 -2 A
Dec 2, 2017 OHIOST 21-27 L 3.5/51 L/U 60 238 298 238 211 449 -1 H
Nov 25, 2017 MINN 31-0 W -18/43 W/U 287 169 456 93 40 133 1 A
Nv 18, 2017 MICH 24-10 W -6.5/42 W/U 182 143 325 58 176 234 0 H
Nov 11, 2017 IOWA 38-14 W -12/45.5 W/O 247 135 382 25 41 66 1 H

Next up:
WKU home to Maine Saturday, September 8
Wisconsin home to New Mexico Saturday, September 8

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Dirty has been an employee or owner of some of the top online sports gambling forums since 1998. He worked at EOG.com from it's inception until 2008 when he left and opened GamblingIQ and then in 2012 opened Handicappers Hidaway. He has written hundreds af articles over the years and always has his "Dirty Dozen" College Football poll up starting the first week of October.
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