By Dan Kilbridge | | 4 mins
College Football Dog Of The Week: Purdue & 'Monarch'
College football handicapper Dan Kilbridge will start by examining the college football spreads at sportsbooks and picking his favorite underdog to cover the spread or win straight up that week. We then connect with a shelter near that team’s campus to share one lovable dog who could complete your family huddle.
It’s all about cashing bets and rescuing pets with Dog of the Week.
Our Dog of the Week picks are on fire entering week 8, with four winners over the last five weeks and a 4-2 record on the season. Now we’ve got our eyes on two more winners – Purdue is a +3.5 underdog against Wisconsin on betting apps, and Monarch is a seven-year-old Pit Bull/Terrier mix out of West Lafayette looking to settle down with some fellow Boilermakers.
Before we dive in, good news to report: Hamburger, the first dog we highlighted, has been adopted from the the Champaign County Humane Society. Fletcher, Billie Jean, Pollo, Bunny and Riot, the other dogs we’ve featured, are still looking for a home. Let's get all these pups adopted.
The Pick: Purdue +3.5 over Wisconsin
Odds are current at publication. Betting sites may indicate odds changes closer to kickoff.
First things first. There was nothing fluky about Purdue’s 24-7 upset win at No. 2 Iowa last week. It was a great matchup for the Boilermakers and they took advantage at every turn, exposing an overrated Hawkeyes team and gaining confidence on an impressive afternoon in Iowa City.
Now Purdue basically gets a matchup with Iowa Lite, and the Boilermakers are at home this time against a pretty bad Wisconsin team.
Purdue has the second-best defense in conference behind the Badgers, with far more offensive firepower on the roster. Purdue passed for 378 yards against Iowa and Boilermakers quarterback Aidan O’Connell should have another solid day against the Badgers.
Wisconsin is first in the Big Ten in pass defense, but those numbers are inflated a bit coming off a game in which Army only attempted six passes against the Badgers. Purdue has the second-best secondary in the conference and will likely be able to stack the box against a one-dimensional Badgers offense.
Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz has just two touchdown passes to seven interceptions this season, and Wisconsin has only thrown for more than 200 yards once in six games. That means the Boilermakers will see a heavy dose of ground-and-pound, but they know it’s coming. Purdue’s rushing defense looked great last week, holding the Hawkeyes to just 78 yards on 29 attempts.
This is an underrated Purdue defense, and they’ve had wiggle room lately thanks to the strong passing attack. The Badgers almost have to be perfect defensively – that’s how inept this offense is against legitimate teams.
Purdue has some swagger now, and it’s time for a revenge game after 14 consecutive losses to the Badgers dating back to 2003. You know what they say about payback.
We’re on Purdue as a +3.5 underdog. Bet on it with Caesars Sportsbook.
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The Pup: Monarch
Monarch is a middle-age Pit Bull/Terrier who’s ready to take the next step in his career. This brindle-coated sweetheart has a lot of energy and loves to play with kids, as they’re usually the best candidates to match his activity level. He also does well with strangers and other dogs.
You can find out more about Monarch at the Almost Home Humane Society.