UNLV Running Rebels at Wisconsin Badgers 2011 NCAAF Week 1 Odds, Preview, Predictions

Free NCAA Football Picks: UNLV Running Rebels at Wisconsin Badgers 2011 NCAAF Week 1 Odds, Lines, and Predictions: The 2011 NCAA College football season will officially begin Thursday September 1st and highlighting the start will be head football coach Bobby Hauck’s second season for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Running Rebels who will travel to Camp Randall Stadium to take on head football coach Bret Bielema’s No. 11 Wisconsin Badgers at 8:00 PM ET on ESPN. Coach Hauck’s first year was a struggle playing 4 teams in the top 15 nationally and finishing with a 2-11 record. The Badgers on the other hand are coming off an 11-2 season and Big Ten Championship resulting in a Rose Bowl berth. The Badgers are picked to represent the Leaders in the first annual Big Ten Championship game. Wisconsin is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing UNLV. The odds makers at BoDog have the Wisconsin Badgers -35 1/2 point favorite at home against the UNLV Running Rebels.

The Badgers finished the season with a tough loss in the Rose Bowl 21-17 loss to TCU and technically losing 11 starters from last year’s team including quarterback Scott Tolzien. Technically only due to the fact that all 22 starters on the depth chart this season have been a starter at some point except their incoming quarterback. Wisconsin isn’t just brining in a young inexperienced player at quarterback, they have transfer Russell Wilson a dual threat athlete that in less than 3 months has become the offensive director and co-captain of the team. All eyes will be on the North Carolina State transfer as he already ranks 3rd in the NCAA FBS in both total yards with nearly 10,000 and touchdowns he is responsible for with 93. Vegas odds makers have Russell Wilson a +1500 favorite to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy.

The Rebels could sure use a much easier start to the season than travelling to play the No. 11 ranked team in the nation which they lost to at home to start last season 41-21 but are not making any excuses and coach Hauck feels like they can compete. Making his first start will be sophomore quarterback Caleb Herring who played in a reserve role for 8 games last season completing 28 of 56 balls for 365 yards including 4 touchdowns and 3 picks. The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UNLV’s last 5 games when playing Wisconsin.

I like Wisconsin and UNLV to play UNDER the total of 56 points!

Free College Football Picks and NCAAF Predictions: UNDER 56

College Football: UNLV @ Wisconsin
Date: 9/1/2011
Time: 8:00 PM EST on ESPN
Vegas Odds
Favorite: Wisconsin -35.5 Total: Over/Under 56

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