Wisconsin Badgers Football vs Minnesota Betting Preview > Minnesota

The 132nd meeting in the fight for Paul Bunyan’s ax takes place in Madison this Saturday, and the oddsmakers are predicting it’s going to be pretty intense. According to Draftkings, the line for this game is currently 3.5 in favor of the Badgers. The total for this game is once again incredibly low at just 34.5 points. Yes, that’s low, but it’s still a full 3 points higher than last week’s Minnesota/Iowa, which means the oddsmakers DEFINITELY respect Wisconsin’s offense, right? Anyway, let’s dive into these.

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ATS selection: Minnesota +3.5

See, these teams feel dead even to me. I think the Badgers could very well win this game, but the odds of it being more than a field goal seem slim to me at this point. This game, like the last few years, feels like it’s scoring very low and being close. Making a field goal in a game with such a low predicted total feels like a lot of points. The lower the total, the more valuable the points. Getting past 3.5 with Minnesota is just too many points to pass up at this point. Let’s hope the Badgers win this game with a late field goal, shall we? Hell, or they can win 49-0 and save us all the stress. That’s worth more than anything you could win on a bet here!

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over under? Under 34.5

This week, both teams look similar to what they’ve seen from both sides in recent years. Both teams are trying to lead the football and both teams are trying to stop that run. Defensively, every team has done this fairly well as both teams rank in the top 15 in terms of quick defense. Minnesota sits at No. 10, while the Badgers sit one spot behind at No. 11.

Offensively, Minnesota outperformed Wisconsin this fall as they ranked 9th nationally. Wisconsin has struggled more this year than in years past, as the Badgers rank only 50th in the nation to lead the ball. Not bad, but certainly not up to Wisconsin standards.

Overall I think both sides will struggle to move the ball and score points in this game. I think you’ll see both teams trying to establish the run and win the battle for field positions. These attacks will do that against two of the more heavily run defenses in the country, and to me that gives both defense units an edge. This game feels like it’s going to be a classic 17-14 Big Ten West game, so give me the sub here.

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