College Football: Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Ross-Ade Stadium)
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -6 — Over/Under
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The Wisconsin Badgers and Purdue Boilermakers meet Saturday in college football action at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The Wisconsin Badgers look to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time this season while winning at least seven games for the 17th straight year. The Wisconsin Badgers have lost three straight road games. Alex Hornibrook is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 1,343 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Hornibrook and Jack Coan have combined for 13 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. A.J. Taylor and Jake Ferguson have combined for 765 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Danny Davis III has 26 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 266.6 yards per contest, and Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 1,548 yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 21 points and 351.8 yards per game. T.J. Edwards leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 76 tackles, Ryan Connelly has three sacks and Madison Cone has two interceptions.
The Purdue Boilermakers will become bowl eligible for the second time in the last eight years with a victory here. The Purdue Boilermakers have won three straight home games. David Blough is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 2,825 yards, 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Blough has three or more touchdown passes in five of his last eight games. Rondale Moore and Isaac Zico have combined for 1,485 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Brycen Hopkins has 30 receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 148.8 yards per contest, and D.J. Knox leads the way with 787 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 25.9 points and 426.6 yards per game. Markus Bailey leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 86 tackles, Jacob Thieneman has five sacks and Kenneth Major has three interceptions.
The Badgers are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 road games, 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games in November and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Boilermakers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in November and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Badgers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Purdue, 10-2 ATS in their last 12 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
The Wisconsin Badgers haven’t looked good in each of their last three road games and are coming off a beatdown to Penn State in which the offense couldn’t get anything going. The Purdue Boilermakers have played their best football by far at home and have a chance to clinch back-to-back bowl trips with a victory in their last home game. The Wisconsin Badgers have failed to cover their last three games when an underdog of at least three points. The Purdue Boilermakers have split their last eight games ATS when a favorite of at least three points. The Wisconsin Badgers can’t be trusted in their current form and with the way they’ve played on the road. The Purdue Boilermakers have scored at least 30 points in each of their last four home games and have the athletes to give this Badgers defense some issues. I’ll take the home team by a touchdown.