TaxSlayer Gator Bowl vs. Auburn
Sports Illustrated has Wisconsin currently slotted to play the Auburn Tigers, a program Wisconsin faced in 2014 right before Paul Chryst was brought back. Barry Alvarez took the headset as interim as Gary Andersen was no longer the head coach after the regular season.
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Auburn has been an up and down team so far this year and would be an interesting matchup for Wisconsin. Auburn’s offense has seen better days, but its defense is still one of the best in the country. Wisconsin, on the other hand, has a less-than-stellar defense but possesses one of the greatest offensive weapons in the country in Jonathan Taylor.
There’s still a long way to go before these teams face off in this hypothetical bowl game so things could change with how these programs are performing. If these teams were playing this weekend I would like Wisconsin’s chances. The game would likely be low scoring and physical, something Wisconsin is comfortable playing. If Auburn were to take control of the game, the tempo would be fast and a lot of points would be scored. That’s not the style that Wisconsin usually plays.
This is the kind of bowl game Wisconsin should be hoping for this year. Auburn might be a team trending downward but it’s still a great program. An opportunity to earn a win over the Auburn Tigers is something Wisconsin should be proud to have.