In a shock to pretty much no one, the Wisconsin Badgers will be headed to Orlando, FL to play in the 2014 Capital One Bowl. There opponent however was up in the air until Sunday night, as it was announced the Badgers will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.
It’s South Carolina’s second appearance in this game in three years, as they defeated the Nebraska Cornhuskers 30-13 in 2012. Wisconsin makes its first appearance in the Capital One Bowl since 2007 when they knocked off Arkansas 17-14.
Believe it or not, this will be the first meeting ever between the two teams. The Badgers come in with a 9-3 overall, 6-2 Big Ten record while the Gamecocks sport a 10-2 overall record and 6-2 in SEC play.
Wisconsin has one of the best rushing attacks in the nation, led by Melvin Gordon (1,466 yards, 12 touchdowns) and James White (1,337 yards, 13 touchdowns). The Badgers are averaging 283 yards on the ground per game. It will be a tough task for the Gamecocks to handle, but their defense will be up to the challenge as it’s one of the best in the nation especially against the run and not allowing an opponent to rush for more than 227 yards in a game.
While the Gamecocks have a pretty good defense, so do the Badgers. Wisconsin has only given up 14.8 points per game which is 6th best in the nation, led by senior linebacker and the heart and soul of the defense Chris Borland. But they will have to stop a passing attack from senior quarterback Connor Shaw, who has thrown for 2,135 yards, 21 touchdowns and only one, yes one interception. Oh and by the way he has also rushed for 511 yards and five touchdowns.
The 2014 Capital One Bowl will be played on January 1 at 1:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on ABC.