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Wisconsin Looking To Continue Dominance In Bowl Games

Though the Orange Bowl is not exactly where the Wisconsin Badgers had hoped to find themselves a couple of weeks ago, you should not expect them to be lackadaisical when they take on the Miami Hurricanes. Wiscy is 3-0 SU and 2-0-1 ATS in its past three bowl games while averaging 425.7 yards and 27 points per game.

Shark Bites
  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Miami’s last 10 games.
  • Wisconsin is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games after a loss.
  • Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor has averaged 218.3 rushing yards in games after he was held to fewer than 100.

Wisconsin played its worst game of the season in the Big Ten championship game, allowing Ohio State to rack up 449 yards on offense and struggling to get anything going on offense. For the first time all season, stud running back Jonathan Taylor looked like a freshman, as he was contained to just 41 yards in 15 carries. The Badgers will need to get their offensive line back in order in the Orange Bowl, as Miami has one of the best defensive fronts in college football. And if Taylor can’t get going, then it’s up to quarterback Alex Hornibrook to win the game – which is not good.

At least Wisconsin was competitive in its conference championship – Miami got absolutely thumped 38-3 against Clemson. That was the second game in a row in which the ’Canes offense completely stalled out by tallying fewer than 250 yards and 14 points. Injuries have played a big part, as the receiving unit has been decimated.

There is a good likelihood that this game is decided by whichever defense outplays the other, as both programs are holding opponents under 20 ppg this season. However, the teams’ style of play is very different. Wisconsin plays a grinding, technically sound style of defense while Miami is all about flash and big plays.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the visiting Wisconsin Badgers in this one found them as 5.5-point favorites on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the OVER/UNDER number opens in this game.

OddsShark computer score prediction models picked a possible 32-23 win for the Badgers early in the week. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Wisconsin Badgers vs Miami-FL Hurricanes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Wisconsin Badgers will try to spoil the party on Saturday; they are 8-5 against the spread this season, while the Miami Hurricanes are 5-7 ATS. Wisconsin is 7-6 on the OVER/UNDER betting totals; Miami is 2-10. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Miami vs Wisconsin injuries news.

According to the Power Rankings here at OddsShark it's the No. 21-rated Hurricanes and the No. 10-rated Badgers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Miami Hurricanes' No. 40-ranked offense (31.91 PPG) against a Wisconsin Badgers defense that ranks No. 2 at 12 PPG. The Hurricanes passing attack has averaged 257.36 yards per game, more than the Badgers give up through the air (156.42 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Badgers feature the league's No. 4-rated road run defense, allowing 91.6 yards per game. Miami, meanwhile, ranks No. 33 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Badgers suffered a Week 14 loss against Ohio State in their last game, falling 27-21 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Miami was hammered in its last outing, as Clemson ran up a 38-3 score against them at Bank of America Stadium.