Southern Cal Trojans (8-5) at Wisconsin Badgers (9-3)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 30, 2015, 10:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers +3 -- Over/Under: 50.5
The USC Trojans will play the Wisconsin Badgers in the Holiday Bowl.
The Wisconsin Badgers were 9-3 this season and finished 3rd in the Big Ten West Division standings. The Wisconsin offense is averaging 27.1 points per game with 229.3 passing yards per game and 148.1 rushing yards per game. Joel Stave is the quarterback for Wisconsin who is completing 60.4% of his passes for 2470 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. Dare Ogunbowale has 769 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns for Wisconsin. Taiwan Deal has 495 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns for the Badgers. Alex Erickson has 924 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns, while Robert Wheelwright has 369 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns for Wisconsin. The Wisconsin defense is giving up 13.1 points per game with 169.2 passing yards per game and 97.9 rushing yards per game. T.J. Edwards has 80 tackles, Joe Schobert has 9.5 sacks, and Tanner McEvoy has 6 interceptions for Wisconsin. Wisconsin is +2 in turnover margin this season.
The USC Trojans were 8-5 this season and lost in the Pac-12 Championship game against Stanford by a score of 41-22. The USC offense is averaging 35.1 points per game with 273.5 passing yards per game and 176.2 rushing yards per game. Cody Kessler is the USC quarterback who is completing 67.6% of his passes for 3315 yards, 28 touchdowns, and 6 interceptions. Ronald Jones II has 940 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns for USC. Justin Davis has 875 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns for the Trojans. JuJu Smith-Schuster has 1389 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns, while Adoree’ Jackson has 382 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns for USC. The USC defense is giving up 25.9 points per game with 254.2 passing yards per game and 147.2 rushing yards per game. Cameron Smith has 78 tackles and 3 interceptions, while Su’a Cravens has 5.5 sacks. USC is +12 in turnover margin this season.
USC had a very good season, even though their coach was let go during the season. USC does come into this game limping a little after losing two of their last three games. The USC offense can be explosive at times, scoring over 35 points in 6 of their games. The USC defense hasn’t been good and as cost them some games. Wisconsin had a good season but had two disappointing losses to Iowa and Northwestern. Wisconsin’s offense was very inconsistent and never stepped up when they needed a big play. The Wisconsin defense was ranked first in the nation and carried the team when the offense wasn’t pulling its weight. I am picking USC in this matchup because I can not trust the Wisconsin offense.