The Wisconsin football team is rolling right now and it couldn’t have come at a better time. With their win over Rutgers and Minnesota’s loss to Illinois on Saturday, the Badgers have moved into first place in the Big Ten West.
Next on the schedule, the Badgers will take on the reigning-Big Ten West champs, Northwestern. Last year, the Badgers traveled to Evanstown and lost an ugly and low-scoring game to the Wildcats. Wisconsin will have a chance to exact some revenge on Northwestern, who is having a rough year and are currently in the cellar of the division with Nebraska with a 3-6 (1-5) record.
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern odds for Week 11:
Opening up the week, the Badgers are big-time favorites. Wisconsin is favored by 23.5 points against the Northwestern Wildcats, according to WynnBET. The odds for the Badgers to cover that big spread are -115 (bet $115 to win $100).
The moneyline odds are also eye-popping. The Badgers are favored to win the game outright, regardless of the score with the odds set at -2500 (bet $2,500 to win $100).
Finally, we have the over/under. Last week, the o/u for the Rutgers game was set around 38 points. Well, the Badgers met that point total alone in the first half of the game. They ended up scoring 52 points, by far their highest scoring output of the year. The oddsmakers must have thought that was a fluke, because this week, WynnBET set the over/under for the Wisconsin-Northwestern game at just 41.5.
Maybe that’s more of a compliment to the Wisconsin defense and Vegas not expecting them to give up many points to the Wildcats.
Wisconsin Injury Report vs. Northwestern for Week 11:
The preliminary injury report for Week 11:
Questionable: OLB Spencer Lytle, OL Michael Furtney, RB Chez Mellusi, OL Jack Nelson, DE James Thompson Jr.
Out: TE Cam Large, TE Hayden Rucci, WR A.J. Abbott, OLB Marty Strey, ILB Mike Maskalunas
Out for the season: CB Al Ashford, TE Cole Dakovich, LS Duncan McKinley, RB Isaac Guerendo, Deron Harrell, OLB Arron Witt, TE Clay Cundiff.
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern Prediction for Week 11:
The Badgers are catching fire at the right time. The defense is playing lights out and should be considered the best in the country. The offense, even though they are a bit banged up, is starting to get rolling. The run game has been improving each and every week and Mertz actually looked good last week, throwing for 240 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Northwestern, on the other hand, has lost three in a row and four of the last five. 23.5 points is a lot to cover, but I think the defense is just that special, that they’ll keep Northwestern to 10 or fewer points, and I think I’m being generous with that.
Right now, I’m feeling this Wisconsin football team. I think this game is going to be a rout. I would predict an even bigger blowout if I knew Mellusi would be back. But with him out, I’ll lower my standards a but.
My prediction is the Badgers pound the Wildcats, 31-6.
I would take the Badgers and the points while also betting the under. That’s not an indictment on the offense not being able to score enough, but an expectation that the defense will absolutely shut down the Wildcats.
Wisconsin’s next game and schedule:
After the Badgers take on Northwestern, they will have just two more games this season. Here are their final two games.
Week 12: vs. Nebraska
Week 13: at Minnesota
What channel is the Wisconsin game on this week?:
You can find the Wisconsin-Northwestern game on ESPN2 at 11:00 AM CT this Saturday.
Wisconsin vs. Northwestern live stream:
For those that are looking for streaming options, FuboTV is one option to consider, especially since they are currently offering a seven-day free trial for new users.