Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida
Date & Time: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Spread: Wisconsin -6.5
Over/Under Total: 45.5
Quick Pick: Wisconsin -6 (Buy down half point)
The Wisconsin Badgers will take on the Miami Hurricanes in this year’s rendition of the Capital One Orange Bowl! This game is being being played at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on Saturday Night, December 30, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET and can be watched on ESPN.
Capital One Orange Bowl
The Capital One Orange bowl is an annual football bowl played during the NCAA College Football Bowl Season.
The Orange Bowl is the 2nd oldest bowl actively played, tied with a Sugar Bowl and the Sun Bowl, and has been in existence since 1935. Since 1935, the Orange bowl has been referred to as the Federal Express Orange Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl and the Discover Orange Bowl.
This year, the Capital One Orange Bowl will consist of teams from the Big 10 and the ACC. The Wisconsin Badgers will represent the Big 10, while the Miami Hurricanes represent the ACC.
The Miami Hurricanes have appeared in the Orange Bowl 9 previous times and sport 6-3 record in those games. They will be making in their 10th Orange Bowl appearance, which is the 3rd most in Orange Bowl history. The last time the Miami Hurricanes appeared in the Orange Bowl, they defeated in-state rival Florida State by the score 16-14 back in 2004. This will be the 1st time that the Wisconsin Badgers will play in the Orange Bowl.
Previous Matchup History
The Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers have played each other four times in the history of the two programs. Each team has won two games and lost two games in the series. The latest matchup was in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl, where the Wisconsin Badgers won the game 20-14.
Wisconsin Badgers 12-1 (BIG 10)
The Wisconsin Badgers went into the Big Ten Conference Championship game with an undefeated 12-0 record. Everything was pointing upwards, for the Badgers to take their number 1 defense in the NCAA, to the college playoffs and contend for a National Championship. That was…. All the way up until the time they met the Ohio State Buckeyes! The Buckeyes controlled the game and went into halftime with a 21-10 lead. From that point on, the Badgers were never able to get a lead and lost the game 27-21.
Wisconsin ended the year and their regular season with a 12-1 SU and 8-5 ATS record. The badgers were great team on the road this year, going 5-0 away from Madison, Wisconsin. They have also been a very good team to bet over their last 11 games, while on the road, where they sport a 10-1 ATS record.
A great amount of credit must be given to the Badgers defense for their extravagant success in the 2017 season. The badgers have the 2nd best rushing defense in the FBS, only allowing 92.6 yards per game on the ground. They have the 4th best passing defense in the FBS, only allowing 160.6 yards per game through the air. Overall, the Badgers have the #1 defense in the FBS and continuously apply pressure on opposing offenses.
On offense, the Badgers relied heavily on freshman of the year running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor started the year as the 3rd string running back but gradually climbed his way up the ranks and took over the starters position. Taylor ran the ball 273 times for 1847 yards. Taylor crossed into the end zone 13 times to lead badgers and touchdowns.
Wisconsin has appeared in 28 bowl games in the history of the program. The Badgers have appeared in bowl games and 22 of their last 24 seasons. They have played in 15 straight bowl games dating back to 2002. The Badgers have won their last 3 bowl games including last year’s cotton bowl, where they beat Western Michigan 24-16.
Miami Hurricanes 10-2 (ACC)
The Miami Hurricanes started out the season 10-0 and went into their final regular-season game with a ton of optimism. They thought that they could close out the regular season undefeated and the ACC championship game was the only obstacle keeping them out of the playoffs. The hurricanes had everything going their way! They had a great defense, they were creating turnovers and the media was talking about them being one of the best teams in the NCAA…… but they still had 2 games remaining.
The Hurricanes ended up losing to both games to the Pittsburgh Panthers 24-14 in the final regular-season game, and also lost to the Clemson Tigers 38-3 in the ACC Championship game. Those 2 consecutive losses put them out of any hopes of making the NCAA College Playoffs.
Miami finished up the regular season at 10-2 SU and 5-7 ATS. This game is basically a home game for the Hurricanes, with the Orange bowl being played in Miami, Florida. Miami ended up going 7-0 at home this year and played 10 of their 12 games under the posted total thanks to their dominating defense. In the 1st 10 games of the year, the Hurricanes defense only allowed 17.7 points per game. In the final 2 games of the year, the Hurricanes defense allowed an average of 31 points per game.
There are numerous trends that recommend playing against the hurricanes in this game. First and foremost, the Hurricanes have gone 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against teams from the Big 10. They are also 1-5 ATS in their last 6 bowl games. Finally, they are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games that were played during the month of December.
The Miami Hurricanes have appeared 38 bowl games in the history of the program and have compiled a record of 19-19 in those games. They are coming off of 2016 Russell athletic bowl win over the West Virginia Mountaineers 31-14. They have appeared in 4 straight bowl games, this being their 5th in a row, but have only won 1 of their last 7 bowl games.
Capital One Orange Bowl Handicapping
This game features 2 of the league’s best defenses. Miami’s defense was ranked in the top 10 for most of the year and although they’re not ranked in the top 10 now, they are still were the most dominating forces in the FBS. That being said, there defense doesn’t compare to the Wisconsin Badgers. Miami has not played a defense as talented as Wisconsin this year and Mark Richt’s team should struggle moving the ball against this Badgers defense.
On the flip side, Jonathan Taylor and the Wisconsin Badgers have faced some rather tough defenses throughout the year in the Big Ten and have had success throughout the year running the ball. Expect a heavy dosage of Taylor in this game as the Badgers put a heavy workload on the young running back.
Our system has Wisconsin winning this game by 2 touchdowns over the Hurricanes. BetOnline Has this game at Wisconsin -6 1/2 points. As with all of our bowl games, we recommend you buying down the half-point and taking Wisconsin -6. Spooky Express Pick: Wisconsin -6
Note: This bowl game is being handicapped and broken down weeks in advance of the game being played. Please be sure to check back periodically to determine if any changes have been made and be sure to check the day of the game, to receive and over/under plays that we may provide.
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Spooky Express Pick: Wisconsin -6 (5 out of 5 Stars)