Kent State vs. Wisconsin, 10/05/2019 12:00 EDT, Score: 0 - 48

Point Spread: -35/+100 Wisconsin

Sportsbook: PinnacleSports

Result: Win

8* Wisconsin (12:00 ET): Interesting scenario here. We've already laid one big number w/ Wisconsin against a MAC team (Central Michigan) and that wound up being a 61-0 win. We've also previously laid a big number against this Kent State team (-36 w/ Auburn) and that ended up being a 55-16 win. With Wisconsin every bit as good as Auburn and Kent State every bit as bad as Central Michigan, this number makes sense. What doesn't is that it's started to trickle down a bit. Kent State is just 1-18 SU its last 19 games vs. current Big 10 teams and it should be noted the one win came against Rutgers, who was in the Big East at the time. The 18 losses have been by an average of over 30 PPG. Wisconsin is very much for real this year. Lay the big number.

Coming off a very impressive beatdown of Michigan, it was going to be next to impossible for Wisconsin to come out w/ the same intensity against Northwestern last weekend here in Camp Randall. While they failed to cover the 24.5-point spread, they nevertheless did win 24-15, a game where the defense allowed just over 3.0 yards per play. The fact they were slightly outgained by N'western is misleading in the sense they ran 22 fewer plays. The offense will obviously have to play a lot better this week and should against a Kent State defense that was gashed for 467 yards on the ground by Auburn two weeks ago. In case you forgot, the Badgers have RB Jonathan Taylor, who has rushed for 100+ yards in nine consecutive games. That's the longest active streak in the country entering Saturday.

Conversely, Kent State is going to struggle to move the ball in this game. Yes, the Golden Flashes did just go for 62 points and a school-record 750 yards last week. But that was against one of the worst teams in the entire country, Bowling Green, who is a 46.5-point underdog this week. Now the Flashes face the #1 ranked defense in the country that is giving up just 7.3 points and 192.3 yards per game. The Badgers defense has actually scored nearly as many TD's (3) as it has allowed (4). Opponents are converting just 15.5% on third-downs against Wisconsin, the lowest percentage in the nation. Needless to say, it is going to be a rude return to Madison for Kent State HC Sean Lewis, who was a QB and TE here over a decade ago. 8* Wisconsin

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