New Mexico Lobos (1-0) vs Wisconsin Badgers (1-0)Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
New Mexico Lobos vs Wisconsin Badgers
The New Mexico Lobos will travel to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin, to battle the 7th Ranked Wisconsin Badgers on 9-8-2018 in week 2 college football action. This will be the first ever meeting amongst these two squads, however, the Badgers, along with the Lobos, will be looking to continue the momentum gained from their opening week victories. Wisconsin would get the 34-3 home win over Western Kentucky as they would not cash in on the spread (-36.5) while the under was the play with the total being set at 52 for the game. The New Mexico Lobos would be victorious over Incarnate Word by a 62-30 score in week 1 as they would not cover the spread as favorites (-36) while no total was set for this game.
New Mexico Lobos's Latest Performance :
The Lobos would open their scoring in the 1st quarter by scoring 38 against Incarnate Word as they would cruise to a week 1 win. the offense would rack up 361 yards passing along with 323 rushing yards and 32 first downs. Tevaka Tuiti would go 13 for 21 with 4 TD’s and an INT in the win while he would also rush for 54 yards on 11 attempts and a score. Tyrone Owens would have 58 yards on 20 attempts and 2 TD’s in the win. Marcus Williams would have 2 receptions for 43 yards and 2 scores while Anu Somoye, Patrick Reed, and Elijah Lilly would combine for 5 catches for 164 yards and 3 TD’s for New Mexico. The defense would allow Incarnate Words 322 passing yards along with 244 yards on the ground with 19 first downs. Rhashaun Epting would have 4 tackles and 1 sack for the defense while Dejohn Rodgers and Deangelo Ross would also have 4 tackles each.
Wisconsin Badgers 's Latest Performance :
The Badgers would gain 270 passing yards along with 234 yards on the ground with 25 first downs in their week 1 win over Western Kentucky. Alex Hornibrook would go 17 of 29 with 257 yards and 2 TD’s while Jonathan Taylor would have 145 yards on 18 attempts with 2 TD;s. Taiwan Deal would have a score for the Badgers as he would have 53 yards rushing on 8 attempts. Kendric Prior (4 rec, 51 yds, TD) and Garreit Groshek (1 rec, 43 yds, TD) would also lead the receiving corps for the game. The defense would allow Western Kentucky 181 yards passing along with 124 yards on the ground with 15 first downs as T.J. Edwards would lead the unit with 5 tackles while Scott Nelson and Zack Baun would also have 5 tackles each. Ryan Connelly would have 3 tackles and a sack in the game.
How New Mexico Lobos & Wisconsin Badgers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Wisconsin is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-1
New Mexico is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Wisconsin will certainly have to keep its focus in this matchup. Keeping with the mantra that any team can be upset at any time, they will have to tame the passing attack of the Lobos in which to pick up a win in the matchup. Of course, they have the better running game while Wisconsin also possess a much stouter defense that Incarnate Word, however, one can agree that speed and precision kills. With that being said, the Badgers must be ale to control the line of scrimmage while ensuring that they are consistently being physical with the receivers for New Mexico simply to knock them off their routes, disrupting offensive timing. Look for this to be an interesting matchup for about a half. The second half will most certainly belong to the Badgers.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Wisconsin Badgers -35
My reason for the pick :
With Wisconsin still possessing that powerful rushing game along with the Lobos giving up over 200 yards rushing to Incarnate Word in the opener, I expect Wisconsin to provide the Lobos a huge dose of its running attack on Saturday. I also see the Badger defense settling in nicely against this New Mexico offense that could do no wrong in week 1, thus allowing the Badgers to cruise to victory while cashing in on the spread.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 58
My reason for the prediction :
While I happen to feel that the Lobos will score some points early as the Badger D will looking to become more familiar with their game plan, the Badgers will score at will if the D for New Mexico begins to give up huge bits of yardage on the ground. Wisconsin will pound and pound on the ground until the Lobos will lose their will to compete, thus allowing for an over play to be made in what should really be an offensive night for the Badgers on Saturday at Camp Randall.
Betting trends for New Mexico Lobos:
- Lobos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game
- Lobos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
- Lobos are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games.
Betting trends for Wisconsin Badgers :
- Over is 5-0 in Badgers last 5 games following an ATS loss
- Badgers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. MWC
- Under is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 games on fieldturf