Wisconsin Badgers points spread, odds for the biggest games of 2024

Three months remain before the Wisconsin Badgers open their 2024 football season against the Western Michigan Broncos.

Unsurprisingly, the Badgers opened the game as heavy favorites. The season-opening games against Western Michigan and South Dakota make for a slow build to what is quickly becoming a gauntlet of schedule.

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That challenging slate begins in earnest in Week 3, when the Alabama Crimson Tide visits Madison, Wisconsin. Nick Saban is no longer leading the program, but the team still believes it can compete for an SEC and national title in its first year under Kalen DeBoer. It will be Wisconsin’s biggest non-conference home game in decades.

The Badgers’ 2024 gauntlet continues with road games at USC (Week 5), at Iowa (Week 10) and at Nebraska (Week 13), and home games against Penn State (Week 9) and against Oregon (Week 12).

Wisconsin’s win total starts at 6.5, not because the Badgers are suddenly one of the sport’s have-nots, but more because of the great teams on the opposing sideline. An 8-4 or 9-3 season would be a significant step forward for Luke Fickell’s program as it looks to establish itself in the new Big Ten landscape.

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How challenging would a 9-3 record be? DraftKings Sportsbook has released point spreads for several of Wisconsin’s biggest games in 2024. In those opening lines, the Badgers are all considered significant underdogs:

Week 1 vs. Western Michigan Broncos

September 16, 2023; Iowa City, Iowa, USA; Western Michigan Broncos quarterback Treyson Bourguet (2) and running back Jalen Buckley (29) in action during the game against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. Mandatory credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

Point spread: Wisconsin-23.5

Matchup Rankings: No. 12 (the easiest game on Wisconsin’s schedule)

Opponent SP+ ranking: No. 111 (-13.9)

Week 3 vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

April 9, 2024; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama head coach Kalen DeBoer coaches his team during practice at the University of Alabama’s Hank Crisp Indoor Practice Facility. Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-Tuscaloosa News-USA TODAY NETWORK

Point spread: Alabama -8

Matchup Rankings: No. 3 (the third toughest game on Wisconsin’s schedule)

Opponent SP+ ranking: No. 6 (26.6)

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Week 5 at USC Trojans

October 28, 2023; Berkeley, California, USA; USC Trojans head coach Lincoln Riley reacts after a penalty during the third quarter against the California Golden Bears at California Memorial Stadium. Mandatory credit: Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

Point spread: USC-4.5

Matchup Rankings: No. 5 (the fifth toughest game on Wisconsin’s schedule)

Opponent SP+ ranking: No. 23 (11.5)

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Week 9 vs. Penn State Nittany Lions

December 30, 2023; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin on the sideline against the Mississippi Rebels during the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Point spread: Penn State -6.5

Matchup Rankings: No. 2 (the second toughest game on Wisconsin’s schedule)

Opponent SP+ ranking: No. 7 (25.6)

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Week 12 vs. Oregon Ducks

November 18, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning (center) leads quarterback Bo Nix (10) and Ty Thompson (13) onto the field for the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium. Mandatory credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Point spread: Oregon -10.5

Matchup Rankings: No. 1 (the toughest game on Wisconsin’s schedule)

Opponent SP+ ranking: No. 3 (29.3)

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