Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) at Auburn Tigers (8-4)
|Date & Time||Thursday January 1, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Auburn Tigers -6.5 -- Over/Under: 63.5
The Auburn Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers play Thursday afternoon in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.
The Auburn Tigers have lost three of their last five games and are playing in their fifth bowl in the last six years. Nick Marshall is completing 60.1 percent of his passes for 18 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Marshall has four touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and Auburn has 32 passing plays of 25 or more yards. D'haquille Williams and Sammie Coates have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Quan Bray has eight receptions in his last two games. Auburn’s ground game is averaging 5.5 yards per carry, as Cameron Artis-Payne leads the way with 1,482 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, the Auburn Tigers are allowing 26.1 points, 388.7 yards, and they’ve forced 20 sacks and 24 turnovers. Johnathan Ford leads Auburn with 84 tackles and Cassanova McKinzy has 10 tackles for loss.
The Wisconsin Badgers have won seven of their last eight games and are playing in their 13th straight bowl. Joel Stave is completing 53.6 percent of his passes for eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Stave has two touchdowns and three picks in his last two games, and Wisconsin has 14 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Alex Erickson and Sam Arneson have combined for more than 1,000 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kenzel Doe has four receptions in his last three games. Wisconsin’s ground game is averaging 6.9 yards per carry, and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 2,336 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns. Defensively, the Wisconsin Badgers are allowing 20 points, 283.2 yards, and they’ve forced 36 sacks and 17 turnovers. Michael Caputo leads Wisconsin with 99 tackles and Vince Biegel has 15.5 tackles for loss.
The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 bowl games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Badgers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 bowl games and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
Wisconsin hasn't faced a team nearly as fast or atheltic as its going to see in this game. Auburn's athletes are on another level than the Big Ten comp and it's likely not going to be pretty. Look for Auburn to win this game by double digits.