Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction – 8/31/18

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College Football: WKU vs. WIS

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (0-0) at #4 Wisconsin Badgers (0-0)

August 31, 2018- 9:00 PM ET (TV ESPN) Camp Randall Stadium Madison, WI

Considered one of the toughest stadiums to play in all of college football, Camp Randall Stadium will be the site on Friday night in a contest featuring the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Wisconsin Badgers as NCAAF betting lines are as follows

BADGERS HILLTOPPERS
Moneyline
+10000 TBD
Spread
+36 -35.5
Total
52.5 52.5

The current college football consensus is in favor of the Badgers with a -30000 moneyline.

Western Kentucky will be faced with the daunting task of more than a five touchdown underdog to try and pull off a major upset when they make a trip into Madison to face No. 4 Wisconsin.

Out of Conference USA, the Hilltoppers are coming off a 6-7 season that saw them lose to Georgia State 27-17 in their bowl game. And, while the WKU program will seek to continue to improve, this one out the gate may get ugly in a hurry as the offense has taken a step back as QB Drew Eckels has been named to lead the Hilltoppers as he replaces Mike White.

Western Kentucky has many unanswered questions on both sides of the football with too many unproven players.

With aspirations of a National title, the Badgers behind Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor are ready to make their presence felt. Considered perhaps the best running back in the country after rushing for nearly 2,000 yards last season, Taylor will be the anchor of an offense that returns ten starters.

Dealt with two starting wide receivers not in the lineup for Friday’s game, we can expect Taylor to be given every opportunity to showcase his talents even more in the backfield. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook returns under center as he will look to be more consistent this season. With only three returning players on defense, it will be a learning curve for Wisconsin on that side of the ball as they look to compete for a Big Ten championship and more.

Prediction/Pick

With six straight wins to open their season, can the Hilltoppers pull a rabbit out of their hat in this one as the Badgers look forward to three consecutive home games to open their season? Going to the books for this WKU vs. WIS matchup, topbet is favoring the Badgers (-35.5) points over Western Kentucky, while 5Dimes is giving the visitors (+36) points. MyBookie gives us the Over/Under with 52.5 total game points scored. With too many points given, I will favor the Hilltoppers PLUS the points (+36) to cover the spread as my best betting pick.