Capital One Bowl Matchup: Wisconsin Badgers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
Date/Time: January 1st, 1:00 ET
Capital One Bowl Odds from Bovada
Point Spread: Wisconsin -1.5
The Capital One Bowl is always one of the best bowl games of the entire season, and this year is no exception. The Wisconsin Badgers and the South Carolina Gamecocks are set to go to battle with one another in the annual SEC vs. Big Ten tradition.
The Badgers are the favored team in this game, and most don’t really understand why. However, we think that this is the year where the Big Ten is finally going to get some vengeance for years of getting beaten up by the boys from the south. Wisconsin is coming off of that pathetic loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions at home, who were an average Big Ten team at best this season. However, the talent on this club can’t be underestimated. Wisconsin did go on the road this year and nearly beat the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Horseshoe, and they had a pair of 1,300-yard backs in RB Melvin Gordon and RB James White. RB Corey Clement had 515 yards on just 66 carries to boot. It’s going to be tough to stop this ground game, and DE Jadeveon Clowney is going to be asked to make some phenomenal plays, just as he did last season in the Outback Bowl against the Michigan Wolverines.
The Gamecocks were only beaten twice this year, but the argument could be made as to who they beat as well. Their win over the North Carolina Tar Heels in Week 1 came back before UNC found its stride, the win over the Vanderbilt Commodores was a close call, and the win over the UCF Knights probably should have never been. On top of that, the team’s win over the Missouri Tigers ended up coming against a backup quarterback and probably should have been lost, and the only other win against a bowl team was against the Clemson Tigers at home. QB Connor Shaw only threw one pick the whole season, which makes him one of the most efficient quarterbacks in the country, but he also only had 21 TDs to boot, which was far too low by SEC standards this year. Clowney and the South Carolina defense were very good this year, but again, the schedule leaves a lot to be desired considering the fact that it was littered with SEC opponents and Clemson.
This is the first time in since 2009 that the Badgers have played in a bowl game in the Sunshine State, as they have lost three straight Rose Bowl Games in the last three seasons. South Carolina meanwhile, is no stranger to the Sunshine State showdowns with the Big Ten, as they won and covered their last two games against the Michigan Wolverines and Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Capital One Bowl and the Outback Bowl in 2011 and 2012.
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