Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Miami vs Wisconsin Prediction: Champs Sports Bowl Preview

Miami Hurricanes vs Wisconsin Badgers
December 29
Orlando, FL

The talk of contrasting styles has centered around the Rose Bowl, but the Champs Sports Bowl between Miami and Wisconsin may be even more of one.

The Hurricanes play with fast athletes throwing the ball down field while the Badgers are big and powerful preferring to run the ball down your throat.

Miami has a chance for a 10 win season, their first since 2003 while Wisconsin is hoping to avoid a second straight loss in the Orlando to a team from Florida.

Can Miami stop Wisconsin's power attack? Well, the 'Canes rank 28th in rush defense in the nation and held another powerful rushing attack of Georgia Tech to a season low rushing output. Miami has to be careful of not letting four yard runs eat them up all game by keeping the ball away from their offense.

Can Wisconsin keep up with Miami's receivers? The Badgers defensive backs will not have seen speed like this all season. The Wisconsin defensive line will have to get pressure on Miami QB Jacory Harris and force him to get rid of the ball quickly.

The Badgers rank 65th in pass defense playing in a conference not known for airing it out. But the Badgers do rank 20th in sack an the Hurricanes are 88th in sacks allowed.

In the end, I think Miami's speed will be too much as we are watching a team that will compete for a conference and maybe a national title next year if they stay healthy. In my bowl pool, I am going with 7 points of 34 risked on a Hurricane win.
Miami 31 Wisconsin 21

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