Wisconsin Football: Handicapping the Badgers Listed on Preseason Watch Lists

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Wisconsin Football: Handicapping the Badgers Listed on Preseason Watch Lists
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It's new coach, same expectations for the Wisconsin Badgers football program in 2013.

Or is it? The expectations don't exactly seem to be through the roof for Wisconsin next season. According to the folks over at 5Dimes.com, the Badgers season win total betting line is set at 8.5, tying them for the fifth-highest number in the Big Ten.

All things considered, that's probably a pretty fair number for Wisconsin. Back in early June, we set an over/under total at nine victories for the Badgers, and just over 86 percent of you believed they would win at least nine ball games in 2013, so we know where the money lies there. 

While we're on the topic of handicapping, the Badgers have six players—seven if you include David Gilbert (we're not)—on preseason college football watch lists, some of whom are up for multiple honors.

Considering Gilbert is still listed as a Badger, just how much stock we should put in these watch lists is up for debate. But why not set the odds for each player winning their respective award(s)?

We still await the watch list for the Walter Camp Award, which is handed out to the nation's most outstanding player, but we already know those odds will be slim to none for any Badger potentially nominated. So let's get to it and handicap each Badger's chance of taking home some hardware.

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