Wisconsin Football hosts the reigning Big Ten West champion Northwestern Wildcats today. Here is all of the info you need about how to follow the game.
Our eighth-ranked, undefeated Badgers are set to kick off against a struggling 1-2 Northwestern squad at Camp Randall in just a few short hours. Bucky is expected to win in convincing fashion (24.5 point favorites as of Friday), as it has done in each of the first three games of the season.
However, the Wildcats have been a thorn in the side of Wisconsin quite often in recent years, and it wouldn’t be shocking to see this matchup turn into the type of physical rock fight we have grown to expect when these two squads face off.
Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss out on the action.
Wisconsin and Northwestern will kick off from Camp Randall Stadium at 11:00 a.m. CT
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Where to watch
The game will air on ABC, with a crew of Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (analyst), and Allison Williams (sideline).
Other notable games that will be going on at the same time as this matchup include Texas Tech at No. 6 Oklahoma (11:00 a.m. on Fox), Middle Tennessee at No. 14 Iowa (11:00 a.m. on ESPN2), and Rutgers at No. 20 Michigan (11:00 a.m. on Big Ten Network).
The game will be broadcast on ABC, so it will be available for you to watch via the ESPN website and app for mobile devices. A subscription and login are required to stream on the ESPN website and app.
If you wish to attend the game, as of Friday there appear to be tickets still available according to UW Athletics’ website.
Based on how these two teams have played up to this point, there’s no question that Wisconsin should crush Northwestern today. The recent history of tightly-contested battles between these two programs gives me some pause, but ultimately, I just don’t envision that being the case in this one.
The Wildcats have been abysmal offensively through their first three games, and I highly doubt that’s going to change at all this afternoon against this top-ranked Wisconsin defense. As a result, Pat Fitzgerald is like going to look to turn this game into a low-scoring, defensive battle, and bank on his front seven-the biggest strength on this team-slowing down Jonathan Taylor and company.
The thing is, with all the talent the Wildcats have in the front seven with guys like Joe Gaziano, Paddy Fischer, and Blake Gallagher, they haven’t exactly performed lights-out as a whole this season, ranking No. 51 nationally in rushing defense. That’s certainly not bad, but with how few points Northwestern’s offense is going to be able to put on the scoreboard, this defense is going to need its best effort of the season to keep Taylor in check enough to keep this thing close, let alone win. With how JT is playing right now, I don’t see that happening, especially at Camp Randall.
In our preseason game-by-game predictions, I picked the Badgers to win this contest by a 17-13 margin. I’ve seen more than enough from these two squads through three games to feel confident that I was way off there.
Wisconsin pummels Northwestern, 33-10.