Wisconsin Football: Five Badgers Key to an Outback Bowl Victory

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No. 1: Running Back Melvin Gordon

No surprises here, Melvin Gordon is the key to a win over Auburn in the Outback Bowl.

What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about Gordon?

Nov 29, 2014; Madison, WI, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon (25) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Camp Randall Stadium. Wisconsin won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

He’s piled up award after award in honor of the amazing and record-breaking season he’s had.

With one game left in his Wisconsin Badgers career, Gordon will be looking to go out with a bang.

Auburn has given up 149.5 yards per game this season, while Gordon is averaging nearly 180 yards a contest. Auburn gives up 26.1 points a game, Gordon has been good for nearly 12.5 points an outing.

Auburn will key on Gordon all game. That won’t surprise anyone.

But if Gordon is able to overcome a stacked box, maybe with a little help from the passing game, Wisconsin will be able to control the pace of the game, give its defense some rest against a high-powered offense, and come away with an Outback Bowl victory.

Statistics courtesy UWBadgers.com and ESPN.com.

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