LSU (0-0) vs Wisconsin (0-0)
When: Saturday, September 3rd 2016
Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, WI
Time: 3:30 ET | TV: ABC
Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin will be the backdrop for a big time College Football matchup between the LSU Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers. LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who is sure to be playing on NFL fields in the near future, leads a team returning 17 starters. Fournette rushed for 1,953 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2015, going over 200 yards four times, will enter his junior season – and probably last. His first career game was back in 2014 when these same two teams met and Fournette was held to 18 yards on eight carries. Fournette is 13 yards shy of 3,000 for his career and won’t be limited, according to coach Les Miles, after tweaking his ankle in practice two weeks ago. Junior QB Brandon Harris returns under center for the Tigers after throwing for 13 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. LSU ended the 9-3 season with a 56-27 win over Texas Tech in the Texas Bowl.
The Badgers are coming off a 10-win season for the fifth time in seven years, but return just 13 seniors. Defense is the name of the game in Madison as the Badgers lead the nation in scoring defense (13.7), were fourth against the run (95.4), and seventh against the pass (173.2). Fifth-year senior Bart Houston, who has 51 career pass attempts, is expected to start at quarterback. The Badgers rushing attack is led by Corey Clement, who has eight career games of 100 rushing yards, leading Wisconsin to an 8-0 record in those games. The Badgers would love to get a strong win here before two easy home games. The fun will start on September 24th when they play the top four teams in the Big Ten in consecutive weeks before finishing the season against the lower-end of the conference.
It’s not often that you see Wisconsin getting double-digit points anywhere, but in this case, I have to agree with the line. LSU is more experienced and the Wisconsin offense is really not that good. LSU will get out to an early lead and pull away for good in the second half.
Pick: LSU -10.5