Connect with us


Best Bets: No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers vs Washington State Cougars



Wisconsin football; Badgers head coach Luke Fickell
Sep 2, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell walks out onto the field during warmups prior to the game against the Buffalo Bulls at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Fickell and the 19th-ranked Wisconsin football progrum secured a win in week one, with the most non-convincing 38-17 victory I’ve ever seen.

But a win is a win is a win.

The Token Creek Brandon Cooper’s week one went exceptionally worse, with an extremely convincing 1-5-0 start to the season (I’m so back).

Starting the season off 1-5-0 had me contemplating if I even wanted to do this anymore.

Then something special happened.

Now, I’m not the most religious man. But the betting gods came to me in a dream and told me, “Don’t be so quick to walk away, dance with me. I wanna rock your body, please stay.”

So I will not walk away and continue the fight for 50% going into week two.

Before diving into the week two picks, let’s review last week’s putrid results.

Wisconsin Football Week One Gambling Results


UW -27.5(-110) – Wisconsin football had a chance to hit late in the game. Then Tanner Mordecai’s interception with 8:23 left in the 4th quarter killed any hope I had left. At this point, I knew keeping real and taking the points went wrong.

UW -7.5 1st quarter – Another pick glimmering with hope until Buffalo scored a TD with 5 minutes left in the quarter. The Wisconsin Badgers allowing a 51-yard gain on 3rd down on that same drive made me sick.

Game total under 54.5 – I hated myself for making this pick and got exactly what I deserved…55 total points scored.

LSU -2.5 vs. Florida State – Biggest takeaways from the game. Florida State is fucking good. LSU getting stopped on 4th down twice in the 1st half killed them—still a path to the playoff for LSU.

Minnesota -7 vs. Nebraska – This pick was made out of pure hatred towards Nebraska—sloppy football game to watch.


Bama -39.5 vs. Middle Tennessee – Nick Saban’s fetish with running up the score on piss-poor football teams continues. Thank god because it got me my only win of the week.

Wisconsin Football Best Bets vs. Wazzu

Wisconsin football; Badgers head coach Luke Fickell talking to the defense

Sep 2, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell talks in a huddle during the second quarter against the Buffalo Bulls at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The lines for No. 19 Wisconsin football vs. Washington State have been ever-changing over the last 48 hours. These are the odds on DraftKings Sportsbook as of Wednesday at 11:30 p.m.

Also, no player props are available, but I will throw some up on Twitter on Saturday morning.

Game Total OVER 59 (-112)

After disrespecting my family’s surname by taking the under last week, I have no choice but to reverse course this week (I’m sure this will go well).

Washington State is no joke and finished with a top-50 defense last season.

Wazzu’s defense continued that play during their 50-24 drubbing of Colorado State in week one. They only allowed 37 yards on the ground and had two interceptions.

But I’m delusional enough to believe Wisconsin football will have fewer issues putting points on the board, especially if Tanner Mordecai can connect on a few deep shots this week.

I’m banking on the Wisconsin Badgers scoring 35+ points in this game.

The Cougars offense led by quarterback Cameron Ward, who had 506 total yards last week, should give the Wisconsin defense enough issues to put up mid to high 20s on the scoreboard.

If Wisconsin can’t get a consistent pass rush on Ward, this game could be an absolute shootout.

Wisconsin Team Total Touchdowns Over 4.5 (+130)

As noted above, I believe the Wisconsin Badgers will score over 35 points. Simple math tells me the probability of scoring five touchdowns when scoring over 35 points is pretty high.

I did fail math in college so don’t quote me on that.

Wisconsin Football -6 (-108) vs. Washington State

This is one of the lines I have seen move the most this week. Most books have it at -6.5(-105) right now, so I’ll jump on it at -6(-108) with minimally worse odds.

Wisconsin football should be looking to make a statement after a slow start last week, and points should be plentiful in the second week of game action in Phil Longo’s offense.

Wazzu will put up a fight, but I’m confident the Badgers will win by two scores.

Other CFB Bets I Like

Colorado -3 vs. Nebraska (-112) – I’m drinking the Colorado Kool-Aid. Shedeur Sanders looked awesome last week. Travis Hunter is a dawg.

And as always, fuck Nebraska.

James Madison -6 vs. Virginia (-105) – James Madison is a legit program out of the Sun Belt Conference. They were among the others receiving votes in the first College Football Rankings this week. Albeit it was only one vote.

Virginia stinks and might be down starting quarterback Tony Muskett due to a shoulder injury.

Alabama -7.5 vs. Texas (-105) – Alabama did me well last week, and I’m running it back. I’m a huge believer in Jalen Milroe and that defense. Also, a lot of people are down on Alabama this year, which I will never do as long as Nick Saban is their coach.

Texas should have a good season, but they aren’t back, and we’ll see that this weekend.

Best Bets: Wisconsin Football Futures Edition

*If you have a gambling problem, call 1-800-GAMBLER. Always bet responsibly.

Badgers Country. Let’s ride.

Contact/Follow us @Badger_Notes on Twitter, Subscribe to the BadgerNotes Newsletter here, and like our page on Facebook to follow ongoing coverage of Wisconsin Badgers news, notes, opinion, and analysis.  

You can also follow me on Twitter @FrznPizzaCooper. There you’ll find jokes, music takes, offensive line talk (especially anything Larry Allen related), Larry Bird highlights (I got a thing for Larry’s what can I say), and of course my work for

Join the Badger Notes watch party and stream Wisconsin Badgers games by following this link.

*Subscribe to BadgerNotes After Dark on Youtube and wherever you find podcasts, the official Wisconsin Badgers podcast of the Big Banter Sports Network.

A legend in the streets of Token Creek, Wisconsin. Dog dad to Marshawn Lynch Cooper. Never on time, but always make a great entrance. Lover of music, the Dallas Cowboys, offensive lineman, and good vibes. Former First-Team Badger North All-Conference right guard.