June 21, 2021
2021 Wisconsin Badgers Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
It was an up-and-down season for the Badgers, who fired out to a 2-0 record despite two early cancellations due to, of course, COVID. They routed Illinois 45-7 in the opener, and they routed Michigan 49-11 in their return to action Nov. 14, and this looked like a championship caliber team. Then the power went out, averaging just 6.7 PPG in three losses at Northwestern, home to Indian and at Iowa.
The Badgers bounced back with an overtime win over Minnesota in the Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe, qualifying for a bowl. They ended up with a 42-28 win over Wake Forest in the Duke's Mayo Bowl to successfully cap off a weird season.
Despite some shaky play from QB Graham Mertz last season, the Badgers are considered the favorites to win the West Division. RB Jalen Berger should be the next great Wisconsin running back, and if not, a trio of true freshmen tailbacks, Jackson Acker, Loyal Crawford or Antwan Roberts, are waiting in the wings waiting for their chance. RB Chez Mellusi is also a transfer who could get a look. WRs Danny Davis and Kendric Pryor could be tremendous options downfield for Mertz if they can stay healthy.
The defense welcomes back eight players from their starting unit in 2020, but it was one which featured decent linebackers and secondary, but not much pass rush. In fact, they managed just 11 sacks all season, and they lose Isaiahh Loudermilk and Garrett Rand. If they cannot pressure the quarterback they will struggle to make the title game.
The Badgers open with Penn State in a tough assignment, before facing Eastern Michigan and Notre Dame at a neutral location. That's a rough September, before welcoming Michigan to open October. The schedule lightens up in October with Illinois, Army and Purdue on the schedule, so the Badgers should be able to fatten up and gain more confidence.
The West Division title might be up for grabs Oct. 30 when Iowa pays a visit to Camp Randall, and, of course, a trip to Minnesota to close the season is a huge rivalry game with a lot on the line, too. This team has the look of a 10-win team if Mertz can take a big step forward in his maturation, and some of the incoming players can make a difference. And, as mentioned, the pass rush needs a big improvement. But the schedule isn't very difficult, and they avoid Ohio State, at least until the conference title game. At plus-money, it's worth a roll of the dice play OVER 9.5 wins.
Preseason Best Bet: Over 9.5 Wins (+110)
2021 Wisconsin Badgers Schedule
Win Total Odds
Wisconsin Odds to win 2021 Big 10 Championship
The Badgers will be battling Iowa and Minnesota for a West Division title, and we likely won't know if they're packing for Indianapolis until Nov. 27. My lean for the Badgers winning the Big 10 Championship is No, as I just don't trust what I saw from Mertz last season. He needs to make dramatic improvement for this team to become championship caliber.
Wisconsin Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
The Badgers could be right in the mix for a playoff spot, perhaps in the Top 10 of the CFP rankings late into the season. But games against Penn State, Notre Dame, Iowa and Minnesota, and perhaps the Big 10 Championship game, will likely result in two losses, and we have never had a two-loss team in a full season make the CFP.
Wisconsin 2021 Heisman Contenders & Odds
Graham Mertz +5000
No, no, NO. Mertz threw for 202 or fewer yards in each of his final four games, including just 130 yards in the bowl game. He never topped 248 yards through the air in any of his eight starts. That's not Heisman-like. In fact, that didn't even make him one of the top-tier signal callers in the conference. He needs to improve dramatically, and even then it likely won't have him in the Heisman mix.
2020 Wisconsin Badgers Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 Wisconsin Badgers
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