Kent State vs. Wisconsin Betting Picks & Odds: Will Badgers Cruise?

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Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jonathan Taylor and Wisconsin

  • The betting odds for Kent State-Wisconsin has moved from an opener of Wisconsin -36.5 to Wisconsin -35.
  • CFB betting expert Stuckey makes his pick and explains whether he's buying the Badgers at this large spread.

Kent State vs. Wisconsin Betting Picks & Odds

  • Spread: Wisconsin -35
  • Over/Under: 58
  • Time: 12 p.m. ET

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Wisconsin is a massive home favorite on Saturday against Kent State. The weather is supposed to be nasty, but that’s not having a massive impact on my bet. This is just a great situational spot.

That’s right: We’re headed back to Camp Randall to fade Wisconsin as a large favorite for the second straight Saturday.

The key to this play is two-fold:

  1. I think this is too many points as I make it 32, so getting over 35 was intriguing on the surface.
  2. Kent State head coach Sean Lewis is a Wisconsin guy that played for the Badgers between 2004-07 as a quarterback and tight end when Paul Chryst served as the Wisconsin offensive coordinator, QB coach and TE coach. And before Lewis decided to get into coaching, guess who he called for career advice? Chryst. I’m guessing the last thing Chryst will want to do is run up the score on Lewis here, so you may see him pull his starters earlier than he normally would in a blowout.

Now, the kids will still be trying for Wisconsin. So, would it shock me if the Badgers won 48-3? No. Jonathan Taylor should run wild behind a Wisconsin offensive line that will open up massive holes against the Kent State defense.

But the Badgers will play slow and are dealing with a number of injuries with Michigan State on deck, which is another reason for Chryst to just build a big lead and sit on it. And Kent State is coming off a bye for this game, so I expect a few added wrinkles and trick plays for Kent State’s “Flash Fast” offense.

I should note that the weather might not be great with 15 mph winds and rain in the forecast for Saturday afternoon in Madison. That should actually benefit Wisconsin’s heavy rushing attack.

Even so, I still liked Kent State enough to play +36 and would feel comfortable doing so at 35 or above. The weather may also keep a lot of folks at home in Madison for this 11 a.m. local kick in what should be a blowout.

Pick: Kent State +35 or better

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