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Wisconsin vs Michigan State NCAA Football Predictions Week 8

by Michael Kashin on Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

The No.6 Wisconsin Badgers (6-0.3-0 Big Ten) have an NCAA football predictions Big Ten matchup against the No.16 Michigan State Spartans (5-1, 2-0 Big Ten) on the week 8 schedule for Saturday at 8:00pm ET on ESPN. Last season, it came down to one-loss Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan State to determine the Big Ten champion. While the new conference championship game will make things a bit clearer this time, the Badgers would still like to exact revenge from the host Spartans on Saturday. Michigan State handed Wisconsin its only regular-season setback in 2010 and kept them out of the national championship picture. No. 15 Michigan State is upset-minded again this year after sending its seniors out undefeated against rival Michigan with a win last weekend. The Spartans’ pass defense is the best in the nation while Wisconsin features the most efficient quarterback in the country in Russell Wilson to go along with a power running game. Most NCAA picks experts have Michigan State covering as 7-point home underdogs in this game, but very few have them winning this game straight up.

In order for the Spartans to pull off the NCAAF football predictions upset over Wisconsin, they will have to play a near-perfect game tonight. The Spartans aren’t quite as explosive offensively as the Badgers but they make up for it on the other side of the ball, where they rank fourth in the nation in scoring defense. Their lone loss came at Notre Dame on Sept. 17 and they have opened their Big Ten slate with consecutive victories over Ohio State and Michigan, so look for Sparty to take advantage of that momentum this week and cover this week’s college football spreads in a shocker. I’m considering taking Michigan State straight up here, but I’m just not convinced that they can completely hold their own against this powerful Wisconsin offense.

The Badgers lead the nation in scoring offense at 50.2 points and rank third in scoring defense, limiting opponents to 9.7 points. Quarterback, Russell Wilson is completing 74.2 percent of his passes and has at least one touchdown pass in 30 straight games. He is helped by running back Montee Ball, who is tied for first in the nation with 17 touchdowns. Wisconsin has won each of its first six games by at least 30 points, the longest such streak to start the season for an FBS team since at least 1950, but look out for a close scare by the Spartans in this game and although I believe that Wisconsin will come out on top, Michigan State is going to make this too close for comfort when they put on a show for their home crowd and cover the NCAA point spreads as listed at Bodog Sportsbook.

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Week 7 College Football Spreads at Bodog Sportsbook
Wisconsin Badgers -7 (-110), Over 49 (-110)
Michigan St. Spartans +7 (-110), Under 49 (-110)