If you are looking for a game with featuring guys who will play on Sundays real soon, the Capital One Bowl is right up your alley. Of course you have Clowney, but there’s also Jared Abbrederis, Chris Borland, Mike Davis, and Melvin Gordon among others.
This one should be a fairly even matchup featuring two teams who love to run the ball down your throat.
Let’s see how a couple of our writers have this one shaping up.
Wisconsin ended the season with a thud, losing at home to a Penn State team that barely showed a pulse throughout the season. After three straight Rose Bowl trips that were accompanied with losses, the Badger program probably had a little bit of a BCS hangover, but they still had a legit chance to make it to the Orange bowl and blew it. You now have to ask yourself how motivated this team will be in the Capital One Bowl?
I think South Carolina is just a better team. I never bought into the hype that they were National Title worthy at the beginning of the season, but this is a balanced team that has a great chance of it’s 3rd straight 11 win season with a win on January 1st. Conner Shaw gives South Carolina a clear advantage at quarterback play and the Gamecocks boast big victories this season over both Clemson and Missouri. Give me South Carolina in a close game 31-24.
The B1G difference maker will be Wisconsin standout linebacker Chris Borland who has the task of keeping South Carolina quarterback Conner Shaw in check.
All I really hope out of this game is that we don’t end up with another year-long Clowney highlight. Both teams run it well. Both teams play decent defense. When all is said and done, I think Wisconsin has more big-play ability than the Gamecocks.
Expect both teams to sustain long drives via their running games throughout the day. I think Wisconsin’s offensive line can keep Clowney in check; much like Michigan did last year with the exception of “the hit.”
In the end, I like Jared Abbrederis, my B1G difference maker, to get behind the South Carolina secondary a couple of times for some big, game-changing plays that ultimately swing this one in Wisconsin’s favor.
I’ll take the Badgers by a touchdown.
PUBLISHED ON DECEMBER 31, 2013