The No. 12 Wisconsin Badgers (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) and the No. 19 Penn State Nittany Lions (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) meet in matchup between Big Ten rivals. The Nittany Lions (moneyline odds to win) will visit the Badgers ( ) on September 4, 2021 at 12:00 PM ET on Fox. A total of points has been set for the game by bookmakers.
In this article we break down what you need before placing a bet on the game, including key metrics, stats, insights, and the best available odds.
The betting insights in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of August 24, 2021, 12:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.
Wisconsin Vs. Penn State Betting Odds
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Wisconsin Offense Vs. Penn State Defense (2020)
|Wisconsin Offense||Stats (Rank)||Penn State Defense|
|25.1 (88)||Points/Gm||27.7 (55)|
|345.6 (103)||Yards/Gm||328.8 (17)|
|181.0 (108)||Pass Yards/Gm||198.6 (24)|
|164.6 (62)||Rush Yards/Gm||130.2 (26)|
|6.3 (100)||Yards/Pass||6.7 (24)|
|3.9 (82)||Yards/Rush||3.7 (28)|
|38.0% (78)||3rd Down %||37.0% (34)|
|12 (52)||Turnovers||9 (87)|
|12 (25)||Sacks||21 (49)|
Penn State Offense Vs. Wisconsin Defense (2020)
|Penn State Offense||Stats (Rank)||Wisconsin Defense|
|29.8 (54)||Points/Gm||17.4 (9)|
|430.3 (37)||Yards/Gm||299.9 (5)|
|256.0 (40)||Pass Yards/Gm||203.7 (31)|
|174.3 (55)||Rush Yards/Gm||96.1 (5)|
|7.5 (56)||Yards/Pass||6.5 (18)|
|3.9 (82)||Yards/Rush||3.3 (12)|
|42.1% (49)||3rd Down %||28.4% (5)|
|17 (102)||Turnovers||12 (68)|
|28 (106)||Sacks||11 (101)|
When Wisconsin Has The Ball
- The Badgers had the 103rd-ranked offense in the FBS in terms of yards per game last season (345.6), and will be facing a top-10 defense in that category, the No. 17-ranked Nittany Lions (328.8).
- Wisconsin had the 108th-ranked passing offense in the FBS last year (181.0 yards per game), and will be facing one of the FBS’ best passing defenses from a season ago, belonging to Penn State, ranked 24th in that category (198.6 passing yards allowed per game).
- The Nittany Lions’ defense gave up 6.7 yards per pass attempt last season (24th in FBS). The Badgers’ offense averaged 6.3 yards per pass (100th).
- Wisconsin averaged 3.9 yards per carry (82nd in college football) last season, compared to the 3.7 per rushing attempt Penn State gave up (28th in the FBS).
When Penn State Has The Ball
- The Nittany Lions averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season (82nd in college football) compared to the 3.3 per rushing attempt the Badgers gave up (12th).
- Penn State’s 174.3 rushing yards per game last season were good for 55th in the FBS. Wisconsin’s defense allowed 96.1 on the ground (fifth in college football).
- The Nittany Lions’ offense was ranked 54th in the FBS at 29.8 points per game last year. The Badgers allowed 17.4 per game (ninth).
- Penn State was successful on 42.1% of its third-down plays last season (49th in college football). Wisconsin’s defense gave up third-down conversions at a 28.4% clip (fifth).
Wisconsin Betting Trends And Insights
- Wisconsin put together a 3-3-0 record against the spread last season.
- The Badgers covered the spread twice when favored by 4.5 points or more last season (in five opportunities).
- Wisconsin’s games hit the over twice last season.
- Wisconsin’s games went over 52 points two times last season (in six outings).
- The Badgers put together a 3-2 record in games they were favored on the moneyline last season (winning 60% of those games).
Penn State Betting Trends And Insights
- Penn State compiled a 3-5-0 record against the spread last season.
- The Nittany Lions were an underdog by 4.5 points or more last season once, and failed to cover the spread games.
- In Penn State’s games last season, the combined scoring went over the point total four times.
- In two games last season, Wisconsin and its opponents combined to total more than 52 points.
- The Nittany Lions split the two games they played as underdogs last season.
Wisconsin Players To Watch
- Graham Mertz threw for 1,238 yards last season (176.9 yards per game) while completing 61.1% of his passes (118-of-193), with nine touchdowns and five interceptions.
- Jalen Berger ran for 301 yards on 60 carries (75.3 yards per game) while scoring two touchdowns a season ago.
- Last year, Garrett Groshek rushed for 300 yards on 67 carries (50.0 ypg), with two rushing touchdowns. He also caught 22 passes for 119 yards (19.8 ypg).
- Last season, Jake Ferguson recorded 30 catches for 305 yards (43.6 ypg) with four touchdowns.
- Jack Dunn’s stat line last year showed 28 grabs for 255 yards and one touchdown. He put up 42.5 receiving yards per game.
- Chimere Dike caught 12 passes for 189 yards and one touchdown, averaging 31.5 yards per game last season.
Penn State Players To Watch
- Last year Sean Clifford recorded 1,883 passing yards (209.2 yards per game) while going 152-for-251 (60.6% completion percentage) and throwing 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He tacked on 335 rushing yards on 99 carries with three touchdowns, averaging 37.2 yards per game.
- Keyvone Lee took 89 attempts for 438 rushing yards a season ago (54.8 yards per game) while scoring four touchdowns.
- Jahan Dotson grabbed 52 passes for 884 yards last season and scored eight touchdowns. He averaged 98.2 yards per game.
- Parker Washington added 489 yards on 36 grabs and six touchdowns. He averaged 54.3 receiving yards per game last year.
- Pat Freiermuth racked up 310 yards on 23 catches with one touchdown in 2020, averaging 77.5 yards per game .
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