College Football Week 9 Odds: Wisconsin among favorites vs. Nebraska

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Oddsmakers expect the Wisconsin Badgers to expose the Nebraska Cornhuskers as more of a pretender than a contender in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is listed as the 8.5-point favorite with a total of 43 for their Saturday matchup at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

The Badgers have had the upper hand on the Cornhuskers in what is becoming a major Big Ten rivalry, going 4-1 against the spread in their last five meetings according to the OddsShark College Football Database.

The Badgers’ rugged offense amassed more than 500 rushing yards in each of the teams’ last two games at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin RB Corey Clement has done a fine job easing the burden on freshman QB Alex Hornibrook.

Nebraska’s offense could get a jolt from having playmaking WR Jordan Westerkamp return after a four-week absence to test Badgers CB Shelton Sojourn. Each of QB Tommy Armstrong’s primary protectors, LT Nick Gates (ankle) and RT David Knevel (ankle), have been playing hurt.

The Clemson Tigers are 4.5-point favorites against the Florida State Seminoles. Each ACC power has a playmaking QB in, respectively, Deshaun Watson and Deondre Francois. Each team can be turnover-prone. What might win the day for Clemson is DT Carlos Watkins and DE Christian Wilkins controlling the line of scrimmage and bottling up ‘Noles RB Dalvin Cook.

The Baylor Bears, who are still among the undefeated but have not faced a ranked team, are favored by three points against the Texas Longhorns.

Bears QB Seth Russell has a firm handle on his four-receiver scheme, and the Longhorns’ D has yet to show it can hold a good Big 12 offense to fewer than 40 points. Texas freshman QB Shane Buechele is facing the most efficient pass defense in the conference.

The Florida Gators are favored by 7.5 points against the Georgia Bulldogs in their annual rivalry game at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. Florida will run out the nation’s second-stingiest pass defense, led by CB Jalen Tabor and CB Quincy Wilson, against Georgia freshman QB Jacob Eason. Florida QB Luke Del Rio should be sounder mechanically after a bye week.

The Michigan Wolverines are favored by a whopping 23.5 points against the Michigan State Spartans, who have lost five in a row. Whether the Wolverines will end an 0-8 ATS streak in this matchup depends on whether Spartans QB Brian Lewerke can move the ball against OLB Jabril Peppers, MLB Ben Gedeon and Michigan’s defense (10 points allowed per game).

And the undefeated Washington Huskies are favored by 10 points on the road against the Utah Utes. Washington QB Jake Browning leads an attack with the capability to win shootouts. Utah, with LT Garett Bolles and a strong offensive line blocking for QB Troy Williams and RB Joe Williams, is more methodical.

Huskies linebackers Keishawn Bierria and Akeem Victor have thrived at causing turnovers, and will need a few to keep their prolific offense on the field.