The Wisconsin Badgers look to remain undefeated as they visit the Indiana Hoosiers. Game time is at noon EST on Saturday, November 4 at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. The game can be seen nationally on ABC.
Oddsmakers have the Badgers as 9-point favorites on the road. The over/under for the game is set at 49.5 points. Click here for a full list of Week 10 betting odds and links to game previews.
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The no. 4 Badgers enter this game 8-0 on the season. They have the inside track on winning the Big Ten West and going to the conference title game.
Of course, Wisconsin has been criticized for their easy schedule. They haven’t played a ranked team all season and won’t until the Big Ten Championship Game. Nevertheless, the Badgers need to take care of business and do so in impressive fashion if they’re going to sneak into the College Football Playoff.
Indiana, meanwhile, is trying to salvage their season and get to a bowl game. The Hoosiers are 3-5 on the season and 0-5 in Big Ten play.
They have lost three games in a row, although all three games have been one-possession games, including close losses to Michigan and Michigan State. That could give Indiana confidence that they can pull off an upset. More importantly, if the Hoosiers don’t beat Wisconsin, they’ll have no margin for error down the stretch if they hope to make a bowl game.
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I like Wisconsin, but they don’t always dominate teams like they should. Also, I’m still not sold on quarterback Alex Hornibrook. Meanwhile, Indiana is a desperate team that’s playing at home and isn’t as bad as their 3-5 record suggests. I don’t know if this will be the latest upset, but I’ll lean toward the Hoosiers and the points, believing this will be another one-possession game for Indiana.
One potential edge Indiana could have in this game is their ability to stop the run. Against Penn State, Saquon Barkley was held to 56 yards on 20 carries. Michigan State had similar issues running against the Hoosiers, averaging just two yards per carry, as the Indiana defense had three sacks and nine tackles for loss.
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If Indiana was able to limit what those two teams do on the ground, they should have a fighting chance to slow down Wisconsin’s rushing attack. Of course, the Badgers have one of the best running games in the country. But they were well below their season average for yards last week against a bad Illinois team. As a result, that game was far closer than most people expected.
During Big Ten play, Hornibrook has more interceptions than touchdown passes. That’s a concern if the Hoosiers are able to slow down Wisconsin’s running game. Hornibrook is yet to prove that he can carry the Wisconsin offense on his back. If the Hoosiers are able to force Hornibrook to beat them with his arm, they’ll be in a good position to keep the game close.
Of course, Indiana’s offense isn’t the most reliable. They have struggled to run the ball consistently and don’t have enough elite playmakers in the passing game. There’s also uncertainty over quarterback Peyton Ramsey’s health for Saturday. The Hoosiers could be forced to go back to Richard Lagow, who was benched earlier this year.
That being said, Indiana has managed to hang tough against most Big Ten teams this year, despite being winless in the conference. At home, I believe the Hoosiers will find a way to remain competitive with Wisconsin, who doesn’t have great quarterback play and has played down to their competition at times this season. Even if Indiana loses another one-possession game, it’ll be enough for the Hoosiers to beat the spread.