The Wisconsin Badgers were sitting comfortably at No. 6 on the AP Top 25 poll and the coaches poll heading into last Saturday’s action. The Badgers were 6-0 SU and 5-1 ATS, having outscored their opponents 255 to 29 with four shutouts along the way. They were 29-point road favorites facing the 2-4 Illinois Fighting Illini. What could go wrong?
Wisconsin coughed up a 20-7 lead, losing 24-23 in an absolute stunner that dropped the Badgers all the way down to No. 13 in the AP Top 25 poll. This Saturday’s matchup against Ohio State is still a massive one, but suddenly it has lost its luster after such an underwhelming performance.
Wisconsin Badgers vs. Ohio State Buckeyes
Some of the lack of intensity against Illinois could perhaps be attributed to the Badgers looking ahead to this Saturday’s season-defining matchup against the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes. Now that the damage is done, Wisconsin needs to find a way to bounce back with its best effort against Ohio State.
Ohio State is going off as a 14-point favorite at home. Since allowing 21 points to the Florida Atlantic Owls back in their season opener in August, the Buckeyes have gone a perfect 6-0 SU and ATS, outscoring their opponents 303 to 35 over that stretch. Justin Fields has been near-perfect with 1,492 passing yards, a 22-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and eight rushing touchdowns. It will be fun to see how he does against Wisconsin’s elite defense.
Auburn Tigers vs. LSU Tigers
As well, for as good as Justin Fields has been, LSU’s Joe Burrow has been even better. Burrow set the single-season school record for touchdown passes at LSU in last Saturday’s 36-13 road win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs. The senior quarterback had 327 passing yards and four passing touchdowns in the win, bringing his season totals to 2,484 yards and a nation-leading 29 touchdowns.
The Auburn Tigers (+12) enter this matchup with a 7-1 SU and ATS record over their last eight games. They’ll be looking to snap an 0-9 SU slump in their last nine road games against LSU.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
And the Notre Dame Fighting Irish will also be trying to break out of a road slump in Ann Arbor, Michigan against an old rival this Saturday. Notre Dame is 0-4 SU and ATS in its last four road games against the Michigan Wolverines (-2.5), who are 11-0 SU and 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games at home.
The Fighting Irish are hoping that enough chaos ensues around the nation that they could get into the playoffs as a potential one-loss team. Michigan’s playoff hopes likely died with last Saturday’s 28-21 loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Oklahoma and Penn State face tricky road tests Saturday
No. 6 Penn State improved to 7-0 on the season with that win over Michigan and will try to keep things going in East Lansing against the Michigan State Spartans. The Nittany Lions (-5.5) are 1-5 SU and ATS in their last six games against the Spartans.
The No. 5 Oklahoma Sooners will also be on the road this Saturday as 21.5-point favorites. Oklahoma is 22-0 SU and 12-9-1 ATS in its last 22 games on the road.