The Wisconsin Badgers have a whole host of problems to correct prior to entering Big Ten Conference play. They will get the perfect game to do that Saturday against visiting New Mexico State.
The Badgers’ issues run the gamut. That’s penalties to turnovers to poor offensive-line play to missed field goals. They were too much to overcome in last week’s home loss to Washington State. Paul Chryst’s team outgained the Cougars by nearly 150 yards, enjoying a sizable advantage in time of possessio. It was three turnovers and 11 penalties that tiltled the game. ‘
“We did some things that make it hard to win,” Chryst, who is 24-16 against Power 5 teams since 2018 and faces Ohio State next, said. ‘I do believe they are correctable. I think you’ve then got to continue to look at what’s causing those things.”
New Mexico State Aggies
The Aggies, all of 25 points in three games to date, have a pair of quarterbacks in Gavin Frakes and Diego Pavia. Neither’s been very effective throwing the ball, combining to complete 43% of their passes for 382 yards (one touchdown, six interceptions). Wisconsin has picked off four psses in three games. Pavia’s been decent as a rusher, leading the team with 199 yards and two touchdowns. Justice Powers has accounted for 108 of the team’s receiving yards (three receptions).
Lazarus Williams, senior defensive lineman. has been the New Mexico Aggies’ disruptive defender, notching two sacks to go along with a forced fumble and fumble recovery. Senior Bryce Jackson, a defensive back, leads the team in tackles with 22. Senior linebacker Chris Ojoh has registered 21 tackles and half a sack.
Braelon Allen and company should have a field day rushing the ball in this game, as the Aggies rank near the bottom in the FBS in both rushing yards allowed per game (193) and rushing touchdowns allowed (eight).
Allen averaged more than 10 yards per carry (148 yards, two touchdowns) against Illinois State. Washington State, though, did limit him to 98 yards and no touchdowns. A 200-yard day for Allen and 400 yards on the ground for the Wisconsin Badgers is not out of the question in his game. Chez Mellusi, who is second on Wisconsin in rushing, could be in line to record his fifth 100-yard game of his career. Chimere Dike and Clay Cundiff have combined for 13 catches for 219 yards.
New Mexico State vs Wisconsin Injury Report
Wisconsin CB Alexander Smith will miss his third straight game with a hamstring injury. CB Justin Clark and right tackle Riley Mahlman, both of whom missed last week’s game, are listed as questionable for this one of the Badgers.
New Mexico State vs Wisconsin Head-to-Head
The Badgers and the Aggies have met once previously, a 69-13 win for Wisconsin back in 1962. New Mexico State head coach Jerry Kill faced the Badgers four times as the head coach of Minnesota and lost each game by at least two scores.
New Mexico State vs Wisconsin Game Information
- Game: New Mexico State vs Wisconsin
- Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 17, 3:30 p.m. ET
- New Mexico vs Wisconsin Live Stream: ESPN
New Mexico State vs Wisconsin Betting Lines
New Mexico State vs Wisconsin Prediction
The Badgers are favored by 37.5 points on the college football lines. They defeated Illinois State 38-0 in their season opener and this game could be less competitive.
The over/under line is fairly low at 46 points, begging for a bet on the over.