Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor
Wisconsin 2018 Betting Odds
- To win the National Title: +2500
- To win the Big Ten: +300
- To win the Big Ten West: -230
- Win Total: 10 (over +120, under -140)
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Wisconsin 2018 Schedule, Betting Odds
The Action Network Projected Wins: 10.2
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Jonathan Taylor to make the Heisman Presentation +225
This is the best offensive line in the country, which is par for the course with Wisconsin. The Badgers have consistently produced linemen on both sides of the ball who leave opposing teams feeling as if they have been through the meat grinder. That is great news for quarterback Alex Hornibrook and running back Jonathan Taylor, who left the Orange Bowl with clean jerseys after crushing Miami.
From 2007-17, Wisconsin opponents have gone 45-66 (41%) ATS the week after playing the Badgers. The Big Ten is 34-47 (42%) in that time frame. Opposing teams have had a winning ATS margin after playing Wisconsin in only one year during this span (2009). Wisconsin’s best seasons, from an opposing hangover standpoint, were 2017 (1-8 ATS) and 2011 (2-8 ATS). The Badgers beat you up.
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This offensive line unit will be no different in 2018, and Taylor will take full advantage with numbers worthy of postseason trophies. I can certainly make a case why he should get the most Heisman votes of any running back, and think he’ll be in New York come December.
What else you need to know about Wisconsin
My projections make the Badgers 10-2, with trips to Michigan and Penn State presenting the toughest tests. Wisconsin winning the Big Ten West at -230 has value, as only Iowa should present a challenge as a 10-point underdog early in the season. The Badgers would potentially be seven-point underdogs to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship, which could present a -300 hedge spot — not a ton of value there since the Badgers are +300 to win the Big Ten outright. The better wagers are the West Division title and a Win Total Over.
I certainly cannot fault anyone for taking College Football Playoff and national title futures, as this is one of the best-coached teams in the nation. Wisconsin finished first in the nation in 3rd Down S&P+ Offense last season.