USC vs. Wisconsin - 12/30/15 College Football Holiday Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wisconsin Badgers (9-3) vs. Southern Cal Trojans (8-5)
College Football: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 10:30 pm (Qualcomm Stadium)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +3 -- Over/Under: 51.5 See the Latest Odds
The USC Trojans and Wisconsin Badgers square off Wednesday night in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.
The USC Trojans are looking to win a bowl game in three straight years for the first time since Pete Carroll. Cody Kessler is completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,315 yards, 28 touchdowns and six interceptions. Kessler has five touchdown passes in his last three games. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Adoree' Jackson have combined for 1,771 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Steven Mitchell Jr. has 35 receptions. The USC Trojans ground game is averaging 176.1 yards per contest, and Ronald Jones II leads the way with 940 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, USC is allowing 25.9 points and 401.3 yards per game. Cameron Smith leads the Trojans with 78 tackles, Iman Marshall has three interceptions and Porter Gustin has 5.5 sacks. Alex Wood and Leon McQuay III are questionable.
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The Wisconsin Badgers hope to win double-digit games for the fifth time in seven seasons. Joel Stave is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 2,470 yards, 10 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Stave has two touchdown passes in his last four games. Alex Erickson and Robert Wheelwright have combined for 1,293 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Dare Ogunbowale has 34 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 148 yards per contest, and Ogunbowale leads the way with 769 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 13.1 points and 267.1 yards per game. T.J. Edwards leads the Badgers with 80 tackles, Tanner McEvoy has six interceptions and Joe Schobert has 9.5 sacks. Walker Williams, Corey Clement and Derrick Tindal are questionable.
The overall speed and atheltes for the USC Trojans is going to be the difference in this game. Wisconsin is way too slow and doesn't have the overall athleticism to hang with the playmakers and NFL talent of the Trojans. USC is also playing hard under coach Clay Helton and will likely be eager to bounce back after sleepwalking in the Pac-12 title game.
I don't like the slower Badgers against the speed of USC. Give me the Trojans in this matchup.