There has yet to be a single college football game to be played and already a number of bowl projections have been released. Last month, The Sporting News projected the Wisconsin Badgers to play the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl. Athlon Sports just released their projections and have Wisconsin playing in the same bowl game as well.
Athlon Sports has the Badgers playing the Florida Gators New Year’s Day in Tampa, Florida. Yes those same Florida Gators who went a disappointing 4-8 last season and failed to make a bowl game for the first time in 22 years.
But if this does happen the way Athlon Sports projects it will, it would mark the very first time these two teams would face each other. But it would not be the first time that these two teams have played in this game. Wisconsin has played in the Outback Bowl three times, losing all three. Their last appearance here was in 2008, when they lost 21-17 to the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Gators have a little more storied football program than the Badgers and a few more national championships. But they have played in four Outback Bowls, going 2-2 in those four games. The last time they played in this bowl game was 2010, when they defeated Penn State 37-24.
I think the Outback Bowl is exactly where the Badgers will land this year. The team may be young, but they still have Melvin Gordon to keep them in games and possibly get over the hump. A spot in the College Football Playoff would be a very nice surprise, but I don’t see that happening. In my opinion, Athlon Sports got this one right. Well, on the Badgers side anyways. Really?! Florida?!