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WISCONSIN vs. SOUTH CAROLINA
Wednesday, Jan 1, 1:00 pm
ABC The Capital One Bowl this year is going to feature two teams who both have put up some big games this year, but also fell short of the high expectations that they had before the season. The Wisconsin Badgers ended the year with a nice 9-3 record, but this definitely isn't the game they were hoping to play in when all was said and done. On the other side the South Carolina Gamecocks were even more impressive in terms of record, as they went 10-2 on the year, and finished as the 9th best team in the country.
The Gamecocks only losses this year came early on against the Georgia Bulldogs, who were healthy at that point, and also in a surprise lost to the Tennessee Volunteers that likely hurt them a good bit here. They've turned it around nicely down the home stretch though, as they won five straight, including wins against the Missouri Tigers and the Clemson Tigers to end with 10 wins.
Wisconsin on the other side won six games straight leading up to their regular season finale against the Penn State Nittany Lions, a game which they surprisingly lost. Wisconsin finished with the same conference record at 6-2 as the Gamecocks did this year.
Rushing Yards Per Game
Both of these teams not only have solid averages at total yards per game, with Wisconsin averaging 486.8 per game and South Carolina averaging 453.5 yards per game. A key reason for this has been both teams' abilities to run the ball, as Wisconsin averages 283 yards per game on the ground, and South Carolina averages 205.3 yards per game on the ground. These are both top 30 rankings, and Wisconsin is ranked 8th in the country in the rushing rankings.
The points per game will be interesting to watch though, as they are almost even, with Wisconsin averaging 35.8 points per game, and South Carolina averaging 34.1 points per game. Which offense gets the job done? That's going to be fun to watch.
This game is very close to a pick, and right now South Carolina is favored on most sportsbooks by about -0.5, and while the records show that South Carolina had more wins, I don't think it makes them the better team. I think that Wisconsin is incredibly talented, and I can see them winning this game by around a touchdown. I love getting it as a pick, or with them as an underdog, so I'll be on the Badgers.This should be a great game. Two tough battle tested teams and surprisingly Wisconsin starts out as a small favorite over the vaunted SEC. I really see this line going the other way and South Carolina being the favorite so may be worth sitting tight until we get closer to the game. But Wisconsin should win by a touchdown and bring home the bacon.
WISCONSIN PK (moneyline)
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