The last time the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers and the South Florida Bulls met was in 2014, with the Badgers taking down the Bulls, 27-10. South Florida now gets a chance to avenge that loss and to get their 2019 season started on a high note when they lock horns with Wisconsin this coming Friday. With not much strength on its schedule, the Bulls will have to win this game if they are to get any early national attention from the committee. The Badgers are +10000 to win the national title.
Betting Preview for the Wisconsin Badgers vs South Florida Bulls Week 1 College Football Game on August 30 2019
Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
When: Friday, August 30, 2019, 7:00 PM ET
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Wisconsin Badgers (0-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference)
The Badgers disappointed their fans in 2018, failing to reach the College Football Playoff despite lofty preseason expectations. But at least they were able to win a Bowl game by beating the Miami Hurricanes at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. There’s a level of uncertainty for the Badgers this year, as they will have a new quarterback. Who will that be for Week 1 is still up in the air as of this writing, but it’s going to be a choice between freshman Graham Martz and Jack Coan after the transfer of Alex Hornibrook to Florida State. What’s sure for now is that running back Jonathan Taylor owns the Badgers’ backfield. Taylor is a preseason All-America team member, who rushed for 2,194 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2018. Wisconsin’s defense has some questions but the secondary should be solid with three returnees. The Badgers allowed 22.7 points and 344.2 total yards per game last year.
The under is 4-1 in the Badgers’ last five games.
Betting on the South Florida Bulls (0-0 Overall / 0-0 Conference)
There’s a new offensive coordinator for the Bulls with the arrival of Kerwin Bell, who will be on top of a unit that put up 28.0 points and 430.8 points per game. Those are quality numbers on paper, but none of that could quell the frustrations of having to finish 2018 with six straight losses after starting it 7-0 SU. Still, Bell could be the key to unlocking the full potential of quarterback Blake Barnett and the weapons that surround him, including running back Jordan Cronkrite and wide receiver Randall St. Felix. But perhaps the real key for the Bulls is on its offensive line, which was a big source of problems last year. South Florida allowed 38 sacks, the second-most in the American Athletic Conference. With the experience of four returning linemen, though, the Bulls’ offense could be a bigger threat than it was before Bell arrived.
The Bulls are 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games in which they were underdogs by at least 10 points.
The Badgers win, 31-17.
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