Wisconsin Badgers vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Betting Odds Preview

OddsShark.comFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2013

MADISON, WI - SEPTEMBER 07: James White #20 of the Wisconsin Badgers runs upfield with the football during the second half against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles at Camp Randall Stadium on September 07, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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The Wisconsin Badgers have yet to allow a point in two games under new head coach Gary Andersen.

However, they'll face a little tougher test than UMass or Tennessee Tech could muster when they take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Saturday night out in the desert.

And the point spread reflects that reality. In the early betting on this Pac-12/Big Ten bout ASU, which is unranked (for the moment), was favored by five points over No. 20 UW, with a total of 53, according to OddsShark.com.

Wisconsin is off to a 2-0 start for Coach Andersen, but those games should almost come with an asterisk considering the level of competition. The Badgers started slowly but pulled away in their opener against the Minutemen, winning 45-0. Then last week Bucky beat the Golden Eagles 48-0.

Wisconsin, in giving up a total of 325 yards of offense through two games, is also 2-0 ATS. Big Red squeaked out a cover against UMass as 44-point favorites, and did the same thing against Tennessee Tech, covering as 45-point chalk.

Arizona State, meanwhile, opened its second season under head coach Todd Graham (a week later than most everybody else) with a 55-0 victory over FCS Sacramento State last Thursday. The Devils outgained the Hornets 523-167 and breezed to a cover as 38-point favorites.

Going back to last season ASU has averaged just over 50 PPG over its last four games.

These two teams last met three seasons ago at Camp Randall, with Wisconsin coming away with a 20-19 victory thanks to a blocked extra-point late in the game. But the Sun Devils took the cash, covering the spread as 12-point road dogs.

It's a bit of a longshot, but this game could be a preview of a Rose Bowl matchup. As of early this week Arizona State was getting around 5/1 to win the Pac-12 championship, while Wisconsin was lined at around 8/1 to win a third-straight Big Ten championship.

The last time the Badgers played a Pac-12 team was in last January's Rose Bowl, when they lost to Stanford 20-14. Wisconsin pushed the spread that day as 6-point underdogs.

The last time ASU played a Big Ten team came in Week 2 of last season, when they pounded Illinois 45-14, easily covering as four-point home chalk.

The Badgers went 3-1-1 ATS last year as underdogs; the Sun Devils went 4-1 ATS last year as favorites at home.

ESPN will provide the coverage of Saturday's game, beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST.

Prediction: 30-22 Arizona State, via OddsShark.com NCAA picks computer