New Mexico State at Wisconsin - 9/17/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The New Mexico State Aggies and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday in week 3 college football action at Camp Randall Stadium. The New Mexico State Aggies look to avoid their first 0-4 start since the 2019 season. The Wisconsin Badgers look to get a game above a .500 record.

The New Mexico State Aggies haven’t won a home game since September 2018. Gavin Frakes is completing 48 percent of his passes for 197 yards, 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions. Justice Powers and Jordin Parker have combined for 167 receiving yards on 7 catches, while Kordell David has 7 receptions. The New Mexico State Aggies ground game is averaging 108.3 yards per contest, and Diego Pavia leads the way with 119 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, New Mexico State is allowing 27 points and 349.7 yards per game. Bryce Jackson leads the New Mexico State Aggies with 22 tackles, Lazarus Williams has 2 sacks and Linwood Crump has 1 pass deflection.

The Wisconsin Badgers have won 5 of their last 6 home games. Graham Mertz is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 446 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception. Chimere Dike and Clay Cundiff have combined for 219 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Keontez Lewis has 2 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 197.5 yards per contest, and Braelon Allen leads the way with 246 yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 8.5 points and 248 yards per game. Maema Njongmeta leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 16 tackles, Nick Herbig has 3 sacks and Preston Zachman has 1 interception.

The Aggies are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games in September and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Badgers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Aggies last 7 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 games overall.

I'm concerned about a possible look ahead spot for the Wisconsin Badgers with Ohio State on deck next week. This could be a win and get out situation for Wisconsin. However, the New Mexico State Aggies are just an awful football team that has shown zero life offensively, scoring a combined 25 points through 3 games. It's fair to say Wisconsin is the best team New Mexico State has seen yet. Lot of points and a look ahead spot, but it's the Badgers or pass for me. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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