Nebraska at Wisconsin Prediction - College Football Picks 11/18/23

Wisconsin Badgers (5-5) vs Nebraska Cornhuskers (5-5)

Game Info: Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Camp Randall Stadium)

Betting Odds: Wisconsin Badgers -5 -- Over/Under: 37 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers will head up to Madison to face the Wisconsin Badgers in a battle of Big Ten reds this weekend from Camp Randall Stadium on NBC. Wisconsin and Nebraska face off for the Freedom Trophy, and the Badgers lead the head-to-head series, 12-4, after winning nine straight meetings.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Preview

Nebraska enters at 5-5 after losing to Maryland at home, 13-10. The Cornhuskers weren’t able to hold off the Terps in the fourth, and they’ll look to avoid a third straight loss this weekend. The Nebraska offense is scoring 19.9 ppg, while passing for 130.3 ypg, rushing for 209.0 ypg, and converting 44.7% of their third downs.

Nebraska Player Notes

Jeff Sims entered for an injured Heinrich Haarberg last week, and tossed a pair of interceptions that would ultimately decide the game. The former Georgia Tech QB was benched due to poor play early in the season, and if he gets the nod again, he may have a tough time with a Wisconsin team that needs a win now. Sims has thrown for 282 yards, with one touchdown to six interceptions, and he’s rushed for 189 yards through three games.

• Freshman back Emmett Johnson went for a season-high 84 yards in the loss to Maryland, and he’s up to 364 yards and 88 carries. 

• UVA transfer Billy Kemp IV leads Nebraska in receptions (23) and receiving yards (246). 

• The Nebraska defense is allowing 18.2 points per game.

 

Wisconsin Badgers Preview

Wisconsin dropped to 5-5 after losing to Northwestern at home, 24-10. The Badgers weren’t able to recover from a halftime deficit, and they’ll look to stop the bleeding this weekend. The Wisconsin offense is scoring 22.2 ppg, while passing for 217.9 ypg, rushing for 154.2 ypg, and converting 43.9% of their third downs.

Wisconsin Player Notes

Tanner Mordecai returned to the lineup last weekend, but he wasn’t able to lift the Badgers, and he finished with 255 yards. The former SMU quarterback missed multiple games with an injury, and he had Wisconsin in a good spot prior to going down with an injury. Mordecai has thrown for 1,383 yards, with three touchdowns to three interceptions. 

Braelon Allen picked up an injury in the loss to Northwestern, so his status for this contest must be monitored heading into this one.

• Former Cinci wideout Will Pauling leads the Badgers in receptions (56) and receiving yards (596).

• The Wisconsin defense has allowed 19.6 points per game.

 

Nebraska vs Wisconsin Trends

NEB is 4-6 against the spread, with a 4-6 O/U record. 

WIS is 4-6 ATS, with a 3-7 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Both midwestern states need a win to become bowl eligible, and I like the hosts chances of pulling it off on Senior Day. If Nebraska has to start Jeff Sims, they have a very tough time moving the football, and after losing to Northwestern at home last week, we should definitely see a sharper Wisconsin squad here. The final score could reflect a Big Ten war, so the Under may be an option, but let’s back Wisconsin at home for this battle of reds.

Corey’s Pick Wisconsin to Cover

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