The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers are not going to make it to the College Football Playoff, but that’s not going to stop them from trying to beat the lights out of each other this coming weekend. Will the Badgers end their losing skid? Or will the Hawkeyes extend their unbeaten streak? Check out our preview of this game below.
Betting Preview for the Wisconsin Badgers vs Iowa Hawkeyes NCAA Week 15 College Football Game on December 12, 2020
Where: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA
When: Saturday, December 12, 2020, 3:30 PM ET
TV Broadcast: BTN/FS1
Betting on the Wisconsin Badgers (+1.5)
Record: 2-2 Overall / 2-2 Conference
The Badgers got a huge shock last Saturday, as they lost to the Indiana Hoosiers at home, 14-6. It was the Badgers’ second loss in a row, both straight up and against the spread, as they also lost to the Northwestern Wildcats on the road on Nov. 21. The loss to the Hoosiers was an even bigger one, as Wisconsin entered that game as a 13.5-point home favorite. Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz passed for 202 yards on 20-of-34 completions and finished with zero passing touchdowns and an interception. Wisconsin’s offense has been off of late. After explosive offensive performances in their first two games, the Badgers have now scored fewer than 20 points in their last two outings. The good thing is that the defense is still out there putting up a great effort for the Badgers. Wisconsin has not allowed more than 11 points in any of their games, so far this season.
The under is 2-0 in Wisconsin’s last two games overall.
Betting on the Iowa Hawkeyes (-1.5)
Record: 5-2 Overall / 5-2 Conference
The Hawkeyes snared another victory on Saturday, as they defeated the Illinois Fighting Illini, 35-21. That extends Iowa’s win streak to five games after losing their first two contests of the season. Iowa quarterback Spencer Petras went 18 of 28 for 220 passing yards and three touchdowns against zero interceptions, while the Hawkeyes’ ground attack supplied 204 rushing yards and a touchdown on 38 carries. The Hawkeyes should see an opportunity to attack Wisconsin’s defense that was beaten last week by a backup quarterback. Like Wisconsin, Iowa leans on a stout stop unit that’s making plenty of heads-up plays. Although the Hawkeyes were not able to coax a turnover from Illinois, they have come away with 16 takeaways in seven games this season. Conversely, Wisconsin is struggling with ball security with seven giveaways in four games.
Iowa is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games overall.
Iowa wins, 26-23.
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