The Notre Dame football team will take on the Wisconsin Badgers inside Soldier Field on Saturday in a crucial early-season test for the Irish.
The Notre Dame football team has gotten out to a 3-0 start to the 2021 season, this after a convincing victory over the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday. This weekend, they will take on another Big Ten school in the Wisconsin Badgers, battling it out inside Soldier Field.
This is a crucial matchup for the Irish, as it sets up a tough three-game stretch heading into their bye week. First, is the game against Wisconsin, before returning home to take on the No. 8 Cincinnati Bearcats, a team that could be the best overall collection of talent they will play this season.
Finally, they go into their bye week after traveling to Blacksburg to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in a game that is going to be tough to win. If they can win all three of these games, they will run their record to 6-0 and will be ranked in the top-10.
For now, the focus is on Wisconsin.
Notre Dame football vs. Wisconsin Odds Week 4
The Week 4 betting odds on WynnBET have the Notre Dame football team as underdogs for the first time this season. In the early going, the Irish are 5.5-point dogs to the Wisconsin Badgers, this after barely winning against Florida State and Toledo early in the year. The over/under is set at 46.5, so the oddsmakers do not expect a ton of points in this one.
Notre Dame football vs. Wisconsin Prediction Week 4
Although they are underdogs in this game, the Irish have a lot to prove, and I believe they will get it done inside Soldier Field. This is a monster game for quarterback Jack Coan, who is out to beat his former school, as he led the Badgers to a Big Ten title game a few years ago, but was replaced due to injury by Graham Mertz.
For the Irish to win, they must get the ground game going, as Kyren Williams is good enough to take over this game in a big way on Saturday. That will give Coan the time he needs to throw, and we saw the Irish take a bunch of shots downfield against Purdue.
When all is said and done, I like the Irish winning a defensive battle inside Soldier Field, 17-14.