Date:  Saturday, November 16th, 2013,
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Game Line: Wisconsin -24 (from JustBet)
Over/Under: 69.5

Saturday NCAA analysis: The 4-5 Indiana Hoosiers head to Camp Randall to take on the 7-2 Wisconsin Badgers in a Big Ten conference tilt.wisconsin-badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers’ style has not changed since they hired head coach Gary Anderson, run the ball and play physical. And yes, they can run the football, as they have two of the top backs in the Big Ten in Melvin Gordon and James White. The Badgers rushing attack ranks tenth in the country with 280.6 yards per game. Their passing attack, led by sophomore Joel Stave, averages 206.3 yards per game. The defense is one of the better ones in college football, as they rank sixth in the nation in scoring defense, surrendering 15.2 points per game. The Badgers rank seventh in the country in total defense, giving up 294.9 yards per game. Wisconsin is undefeated at home this year, and since 2012, all their wins have been by double digits.

Indiana is more of a passing offense, but they can run the ball as well. The Hoosiers average 327.8 yards per game through the air, and 199.8 yards per game on the ground. Their offense as a whole averages 43.1 yards per game, ranked tenth in the nation. The Hoosiers snapped a three game losing streak last week with a 52-35 win at home over Illinois. Sophomore running back Tevin Coleman ran wild for 215 yards on just 15 carries en route to being named the Big Ten Offensive player of the week. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, they may be without the services of Coleman this week as he has been hampered with an ankle injury. Senior Stephen Houston, the former starting running back, will fill in for Coleman if he is unable to play. Quarterback Nate Sudfeld will still have his receivers Cody Latimer and Shane Wynn, how have combined for 15 touchdown receptions this season. So it’s pretty obvious that the Hoosiers don’t have a problem putting points up on the board, it’s their defense that have a problem keeping the points off the board. Indiana gives up an average of 37.4 points per game, and has allowed 519.1 yards per game.

Wisconsin has won the past eight meetings between these two teams, and in the past three contests they’ve outscored the Hoosiers 204-41. Simply put, Indiana can’t stop the run, and will more than likely not be able to run effectively against the Badgers. Wisconsin has a major advantage in the trenches and will most likely wear the defense out for Indiana. Indiana will get their fair share of points in this one, but it won’t be nearly enough. Indiana has to win out the rest of the way to be bowl eligible, looks like they’ll have to wait till next year.

Indiana Hoosiers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Free NCAA Pick: Wisconsin -24 Over 69
Indiana Hoosiers vs. Wisconsin Badgers Game Prediction: Wisconsin 56 Indiana 28