|CAPITAL ONE BOWL - Citrus Bowl Stadium - Orlando, FL|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||1-2||1-2||31.7||18.0||486.3||(6.6)||1.3||13.7||7.0||291.3||(5.1)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||35.7||18.7||22.1||33:55||43-283||(6.6)||17-27||61.1%||204||(7.4)||70-487||(6.9)||(13.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||29.8||15||21.7||31:60||40-192||(4.8)||20-33||61.7%||233||(7.2)||72-425||(5.9)||(14.3)|
|Offense Road Games||31.6||15.2||18.6||31:52||39-208||(5.3)||16-26||60.3%||193||(7.4)||65-401||(6.1)||(12.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||14.8||8.3||15.7||26:05||32-102||(3.2)||17-33||51.1%||193||(5.8)||65-294||(4.5)||(19.8)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||26.6||14.3||20.2||29:57||40-174||(4.4)||18-31||58.0%||214||(6.9)||71-387||(5.5)||(14.6)|
|Defense Road Games||22.2||13.4||20.2||28:08||36-119||(3.4)||19-35||54.9%||226||(6.5)||70-346||(4.9)||(15.6)|
|Last 3 Games||3-0||+2||2-1||1-2||40.0||21.7||444.7||(6.3)||0.0||13.7||10.3||317.7||(5.5)||3.3|
|Offense (All Games)||34.1||17.4||22.6||32:08||42-205||(4.9)||18-30||60.5%||248||(8.3)||72-453||(6.3)||(13.3)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||28.9||15.4||20.7||30:15||38-177||(4.6)||19-31||60.1%||223||(7.2)||69-400||(5.8)||(13.9)|
|Offense Road Games||31.6||11.0||24.2||32:15||43-204||(4.8)||20-34||57.6%||268||(7.8)||77-473||(6.1)||(15)|
|Defense (All Games)||20.0||11.4||17.2||27:52||35-142||(4.1)||17-29||59.8%||203||(7.1)||64-345||(5.4)||(17.2)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||27.8||15.7||20.5||30:42||38-164||(4.4)||19-31||61.0%||236||(7.5)||69-401||(5.8)||(14.4)|
|Defense Road Games||24.0||14.4||17.4||27:45||37-163||(4.4)||15-27||56.0%||225||(8.4)||64-388||(6.1)||(16.2)|
|Average power rating of opponents played: WISCONSIN 32.5, S CAROLINA 39.3|
|1/1/2014||*S CAROLINA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|1/1/2014||*WISCONSIN|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|WISCONSIN: Although Big Ten champion Wisconsin was 8-6, those defeats were by a total of 25 points. New coach Gary Andersen and new OC Andy Ludwig first have to pick a starter between sophomore QB Joel Stave (1,104 pass yds, 6 TD, 3 INT) and senior QB Curt Phillips (605 pass yds, 5 TD, 3 INT career). They also need to bolster their injury-plagued offensive line. RBs James White (806 rush yds, 12 TD) and RB Melvin Gordon (621 rush yds, 10.0 YPC) are a fierce 1-2 combo to replace Montee Ball. WR Jared Abbrederis (837 rec. yds, 5 TD) has all-conference talent, but the Badgers need more options in the receiving game. Wisconsin's sure-fire defense (323 YPG, 15th in FBS) will blitz more often under new DC Dave Aranda to help a young secondary. LB Chris Borland (104 tackles) leads a deep and versatile front seven with talented DE/OLB hybrids Brendan Kelly and Tyler Dippel (5 sacks each).|
|S CAROLINA: After an 11-2 season, South Carolina wants more in 2013. QB Connor Shaw (1,956 pass yds, 17 TD, 7 INT; 435 rush yds, 3 TD) is the starter, but Outback Bowl hero QB Dylan Thompson (1,027 pass yds, 10 TD, 2 INT) should also see plenty of snaps. Both will benefit from a veteran O-Line, as will RB Mike Davis (275 rush yds, 5.3 YPC, 2 TD), who takes over for departed RB Marcus Lattimore. WR Bruce Ellington (600 rec. yds, 7 TD) will see more targets with WR Ace Sanders gone. The Gamecocks' 11th-ranked defense (316 YPG) with 43 sacks (6th in FBS) features superstar DE Jadeveon Clowney (13 sacks, 23.5 TFL, 54 tackles, 3 FF) who could get some Heisman votes. No starting linebackers return, but the secondary is in good hands with CBs Victor Hampton (40 tackles, 6 PD) and Jimmy Legree (44 tackles, 3 INT, 6 PD).|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW (WISCONSIN-SOUTH CAROLINA) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Wisconsin-South Carolina Preview* ==================================
By KEVIN CHROUST STATS Writer
No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) at No. 9 South Carolina (10-2), 1:00 p.m. EDT
South Carolina and Wisconsin both had BCS bowl aspirations. They'll play in the Capital One Bowl to determine which was better suited for the bigger stage.
The eighth-ranked Gamecocks and 19th-ranked Badgers meet for the first time on New Year's Day in Orlando in a matchup of hard-nosed teams with elite defenses.
"We're not taking this game lightly at all," Wisconsin safety Dez Southward told the school's official website. "This is an enormous game. Just because it's not the Rose Bowl, just because it's not a BCS bowl game, it doesn't mean the opponent is not the same caliber. That's the case with South Carolina. They're above and beyond almost anybody we've played this year."
The Badgers (9-3) have lost in the Rose Bowl the last three seasons while the Gamecocks (10-2) are after a third straight bowl victory after beating another Big Ten opponent, Michigan, in the 2012 Outback Bowl.
While Wisconsin moved the ball on the ground all season, South Carolina could tip its attack more in that direction against the Badgers after learning second-leading wide receiver Damiere Byrd would miss the game. The 5-foot-9 speedster required arthroscopic knee surgery after suffering an injury in practice earlier this month.
The Gamecocks concluded the regular season with a 31-17 victory over then-No. 6 Clemson on Nov. 30 for their fifth win a row - a streak that started with a 27-24 victory at then-No. 5 Missouri on Oct. 26.
Senior quarterback Connor Shaw led an offense that didn't turn the ball over in the last four games of the season. The team had a plus-15 turnover margin over the last four weeks after posting a minus-4 mark through the first eight.
Shaw's decision making was sound all year as he threw 21 touchdowns and one interception. He was also second on the team in rushing with 511 yards behind Mike Davis (1,134) - the SEC's fourth-leading rusher.
While Shaw and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will play their final game for the school, Davis, a sophomore, and many others will likely return.
"It's pretty neat to go 10-2 with this team that was called the youngest team in America," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "These guys may have achieved the most for such a young bunch of guys that haven't played all that much."
The Badgers' 3,396 yards on the ground ranked eighth in the FBS, as did their 283.0 rushing yards per game. Their 6.6 yards per carry trailed only Ohio State.
"They can run the ball pretty well," Clowney told the school's official website. "They'll try to pound it at us. We've got to be ready to stop the run. I think they pass the ball a lot more than you expect. They do a lot of play-action pass."
There's plenty of reason to believe the Badgers will be a similar type of team next year after running back Melvin Gordon announced his plans to return for his junior year earlier this month. Gordon led the Badgers with 1,466 yards on 8.1 yards per carry.
The date with South Carolina will be fellow running back James White's last as a Badger. The senior racked up 1,337 yards and a team-high 15 total touchdowns.
Their hopes of displaying a dominant ground game on a BCS stage came to an end along with a six-game winning streak with a 31-24 home loss to Penn State in the regular-season finale.
"I can't sit back and say we had a bad week of practice, can't sit back and say I didn't feel like we were prepared," Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen said after the loss. "I'm going to say it again, I give a lot of credit to Penn State."
Both South Carolina and Wisconsin feature big-name defensive leaders. Clowney entered the year as one of the most-hyped players in college football and drew as much attention from opposing offensive lines as anyone. He ended an injury-plagued season with just three sacks, but it didn't stop South Carolina from ranking second in the SEC in scoring defense (20.0 points per game) and third in total defense (345.0 yards per game).
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland was named Big Ten defensive player of the year and a first-team All-American as the Badgers ranked second in the conference in scoring defense (14.8) and total defense (294.0).
The Badgers' last bowl victory came in Orlando over Miami in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl.
|Last Updated: 10/2/2014 3:33:47 AM EST|