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South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Wisconsin Badgers Capital One Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/1/14

Wisconsin Badgers (9-3) at South Carolina Gamecocks (10-2)

College Football: Wednesday, January 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Florida Citrus Bowl)

The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks +1.5 -- Over/Under: 51 See the Latest Odds


The South Carolina Gamecocks play the Wisconsin Badgers in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday.

The South Carolina Gamecocks finished 10-2 overall and 6-2 in the SEC during the regular season. The last time South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney played in a bowl game, he became a national sensation based on one brutal hit. The Gamecocks star will try to provide another highlight in possibly his last college game when the Gamecocks face Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Clowney is a likely top-five draft pick should he choose to leave school after his junior season and is hoping to help South Carolina to a third straight bowl win over a Big Ten School. Clowney was ticketed for driving 110 mph in a 70-mph zone early in December but will be available for the Capital One Bowl and will key a defense that finished second in the SEC against the run. Connor Shaw passed for 21 touchdowns and just one interception during the regular season and adds to the ground game as well, including a season-high 94 yards and a touchdown against Clemson in the finale. The Gamecocks ended the regular season with five straight victories, including wins over top-10 opponents Missouri and Clemson.

South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Wisconsin Badgers Capital One Bowl Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/1/14

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The Wisconsin Badgers finished the regular season 9-3 overall and 6-2 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin finished second in the Big Ten Leaders Division, robbing it of a chance to make a fourth straight trip to the Rose Bowl as the champion of the Big Ten. The Badgers rely on a strong running game and tight defense. The Badgers rely on a heavy running attack led by a pair of backs, Melvin Gordon (1,466) and James White (1,337), that each eclipsed 1,300 yards and combined for 25 touchdowns on the ground. Wisconsin also excels at stopping the run, ranking second in the Big Ten behind conference champion Michigan State in rushing defense with an average of 101.3 yards allowed. The most dynamic player on the team may be senior WR Jared Abbrederis, who is playing his final college game after posting career highs with 73 catches and 1,051 yards in the regular season.

Both teams are solid running the ball on offense and stopping the run on defense so this sets up for a great matchup. I believe Wisconsin will have more success running the ball and Conner Shaw will not be able to make up the difference for the Gamecocks. I’m taking Wisconsin to win a close game.

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