Wisconsin Badgers (1-0) vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (1-0)
Saturday, September 7th, 2019 at 3:30 PM EST
Camp Randall Stadium (Madison, WI)
Moneyline: Wisconsin Badgers (-23000), Central Michigan Chippewas (+8500)
Spread: Wisconsin -35 (-110), Central Michigan +35 (-110)
Over/Under: Over 52 (-110), Under 52 (-110)
In Week 1, both Wisconsin and Central Michigan took care of business and beat teams they should’ve beaten. Wisconsin was impressive on the road at South Florida, winning 49-0 and out-gaining the Bulls by a tally of 433-157 yards. Central Michigan took care of Albany 38-21, out-gaining them by almost 300 yards (529-244). Unfortunately for the Chippewas, Week 2 will most likely look like more of the same for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Badgers 2019 Week 1: Wisconsin def. South Florida 49-0
Wisconsin’s rebuilding offensive line looked pretty dominant against USF, opening up plenty of holes for junior RB Jonathan Taylor, who came into this season as a top Heisman candidate. Taylor ran for 135 yards and 2 rushing touchdowns and added 2 receiving touchdowns out of the backfield during Week 1.
More importantly for the Badgers’ future success, the passing game clicked, as junior QB Jack Coan completed 19-of-26 passes for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns. Coen should be able to come close to a repeat performance against Central Michigan’s rebuilt secondary that had problems in Week 1 against FCS team, Albany.
It was only 1 game, but the Wisconsin team we saw last weekend looked more like the 2017 Badgers that finished 13-1, which could lead to a blowout against Central Michigan.
Central Michigan Chippewas 2019 Week 1: Central Michigan def. Albany 38-21
In Week 1, Central Michigan didn’t really give bettors much of a reason to take them to cover against Wisconsin. Despite winning by 17 points and out-gaining Albany by almost 300 yards, the Chippewas will be facing a different animal in Week 2.
Wisconsin’s big, dominant offensive line should be quite the test for the Chippewas’ defensive line, and it’s hard to be confident in their secondary, which had some issues with Albany.
Let’s be real. Central Michigan will not win this game. But, it is possible for them to cover. The Chippewas will need almost everything to go right to keep this game remotely close. In the passing game, they’ll need QB Quinten Dormady to be just as good, if not better, than he was last week, when he threw for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns. RB Jonathan Ward will need to match or surpass his output from last week with 158 yards and 2 scores on the ground.
The Wisconsin Badgers should have absolutely no problem against Central Michigan this week, and it should be a big blowout. Betting on a 35-point spread is usually a little risky, considering teams might put backups in and look to milk the clock when it gets late. Having said that, I think Wisconsin’s offensive line is dominant enough to create huge holes for Jonathan Taylor, and Central Michigan’s porous secondary will open up the passing game for Jack Coen. I think this game will get ugly early in favor of the Badgers.