Preview: Wisconsin at South Carolina

When: 1:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida


CAPITAL ONE BOWL STORYLINES

1. 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., on Jan. 1. The Badgers had a six-game winning streak snapped in the regular-season finale and are stepping back after three straight trips to the Rose Bowl.

2. 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. The Gamecocks ended the regular season with five straight victories, including wins over top-10 opponents Missouri and Clemson.

3. 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, something they have in common with South Carolina.

TV:
1 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: South Carolina -1

ABOUT WISCONSIN (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten): The Badgers gave up a little balance on offense in favor of 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 receiver Jared Abbrederis, who is playing his final college game after posting career highs with 73 catches and 1,051 yards in the regular season.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (10-2, 6-2 SEC): 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. “We’ll have to get our run defense pants on, that’s for sure,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said. “When you play a team like Wisconsin that can run it and run it and run it, they can stay on the field for a long time if you don’t watch it.” 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.

PREDICTION: Wisconsin 28, South Carolina 24

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Wisconsin 9-3 L1 35.8 14.8 6-1 3-2 0-1 0-0 6-2
South Carolina 10-2 W5 34.1 20.0 7-0 3-2 8-2 0-0 6-2

Last Meeting

Wisconsin South Carolina
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No Previous Meeting.

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
WIS N/A
SOCAR N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
WIS N/A
SOCAR N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
WIS N/A
SOCAR N/A
TDs Player TD
WIS N/A
SOCAR N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
WIS J. Stave 61.6 2414 20 12
SOCAR C. Shaw 61.0 2135 21 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
WIS M. Gordon 181 1466 8.1 12
SOCAR M. Davis 194 1134 5.8 11
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
WIS J. Abbrederis 73 1051 14.4 7
SOCAR B. Ellington 43 635 14.8 6
TDs Player TD
WIS J. White 15
SOCAR M. Davis 11

Quickchart Matchup

Wisconsin Off vs  South Carolina Def
486.8 yards
345 yards
6.6 yards/rush
4.1 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt
South Carolina Off vs  Wisconsin Def
453.5 yards
294.4 yards
4.9 yards/rush
3.2 yards/rush
8.3 yards/attempt
5.8 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

Lines History | All Odds
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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

Wisconsin Overall South Carolina
9-3-0 W/L 10-2-0
9-2-1 ATS 6-6-0
4-8-0 O/U 5-7-0
35.8 Pts For 34.1
14.8 Pts Against 20.0
Wisconsin A/H South Carolina
3-2 W/L 7-0
3-1-1 ATS 4-3-0
2-3-0 O/U 3-4-0
31.6 Pts For 35.9
22.2 Pts Against 17.1