Predictions - Wisconsin vs Rutgers

Predictions - Wisconsin vs Rutgers

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Predictions - Wisconsin vs Rutgers

Only two home games remain this season for Wisconsin (5-3, 3-2 Big Ten), which returns to Camp Randall Stadium to host Rutgers (1-7, 0-5) in the third all-time meeting between the teams. The Badgers Insider Staff gives our game and a score prediction for the matchup.

Brian Becker – Wisconsin 38, Rutgers 13

Even with Alex Hornibrook being cleared out of the concussion protocol and likely to play, the Badgers should rely on Wisconsin’s running game to control the clock. Rutgers struggles to stop the run, allowing 227.2 on the ground over Big Ten play, so Jonathan Taylor should have the bounce-back game after playing poorly at Northwestern. Taylor is averaging 144.3 rushing yards per game but needs to get his fumbling issue corrected if he wants to make a positive impact on Wisconsin’s offense.

Defensively, Wisconsin should have success in slowing down a Rutgers offense that only averages 235.6 yards of total offense and 11.8 points per game, two things that rank last in Big Ten play.

Even though Wisconsin will be missing two starters in safety Scott Nelson and nose tackle Olive Sagapolu, not to mention D’Cota Dixon (right leg), Deron Harrell (right leg), and Isaiahh Loudermilk (left leg) all being listed as questionable, the Badgers should be able to find a way of making sure Rutgers can’t create a rhythm on offense. As the game progresses Wisconsin will be able to wear down Rutgers on both sides of the football.

Becker’s Record: 6-2

Billy Hirschfeld – Wisconsin 42, Rutgers 17

I think this will be an easy win for Wisconsin. Rutgers will be scrappy and give it everything they got this game, but the Badgers will pull off the win due to the experience and leadership of the veterans they have on the team

Hirschfeld’s Record: 5-3

Logan Samp – Wisconsin 35, Rutgers 10

Coming off a disparaging 31-17 loss at Northwestern, Wisconsin needs to win out to have any thoughts of sneaking into the Big Ten championship game. Rutgers is not a good football team, which would explain why the Badgers are favored by 30 points. UW’s series against Rutgers is a short one, but the Badgers have won both previous meetings by an average of 37.5 points. I would hope Wisconsin comes out energized and ready to make up for a disappointing loss last week. With quarterback Alex Hornibrook back, I expect them to roll.

Samp’s Record: 6-2

Benjamin Worgull – Wisconsin 45, Rutgers 10

Wisconsin has shown itself to be a slightly above average team through the first two months of the regular season, highly disappointing to a fan base thinking about the Badgers playing in the College Football Playoffs this year. Above average should always beat dreadful. Rutgers is on a seven-game losing streak, including a game last month against Maryland where Rutgers’ quarterbacks completed more passes to the Terrapins (five) than Rutgers’ receivers (two). Anything less than an absolute blowout would be a disappointment.

Worgull’s Record: 6-2

Worgull’s Record vs. spread: 5-3

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