Wisconsin vs. Arizona State College Football Prediction: September 14th 2013
Wisconsin vs. Arizona State
College Football Prediction: Wisconsin +5.5 (September 14th 2013)
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Free Play from Doc’s Sports. #193 Take Wisconsin Badgers over Arizona State Sun Devils (Saturday 10:30 pm ESPN) I am very familiar with both of these teams living in Wisconsin and being an alum on Arizona State. That being said, this line is way out of whack considering the Badgers just do not get blown out by anybody, let alone a middle-of-the-pack in from the PAC-12. Wisconsin was just 8-6 last year, but three of the losses came in overtime, and their worst margin was a seven-point loss to Ohio State in overtime.
Wisconsin now has a coach in Gary Anderson that can manage late-game situations and will provide a few wrinkles on offense similar to what Paul Chryst did when he was the OC at Wisconsin (now Head Coach at Pittsburgh).
It is hard to get a read on either team thus far since they both played creampuffs to account for their three combined wins. That being said, ASU and Coach Todd Graham never seems to handle prosperity well. Graham angered fans at Pittsburgh when he bolted for Tempe after just one season. ASU seemed to fall apart last year, losing four games starting in the middle of October. ASU has a strong offense, but they will be going right into the middle of Wisconsin and their hard-nosed defense. Wisconsin has not allowed a point this season in two games. Wisconsin also has a strong running attack, and that is something to ASU just does not see on a consistent basis (ASU did not play Stanford in 2012). The Badgers may have the best tandem of running backs in the country, and expect all of them to see action.
Typically when Wisconsin struggles it comes against speed teams from the SEC. I just do not see ASU having that much speed. They run an effective spread offense, but it will not beat you with flat-on speed like the SEC teams have. Wisconsin is 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games following an ATS win in their previous game. This game will go down to the wire with Wisconsin pulling it out late with their strong running attack. Do not miss Doc’s Sports Weekend Football Card featuring College and NFL Picks including our Non-Conference Game of the Year. Get all the action right here and let 42 years of handicapping experience work for you.