Orange Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Miami Hurricanes

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In a game likely to be decided by the defenses, a pair of offensive players are among the top draft prospects for the Wisconsin Badgers and the Miami Hurricanes.

According to Wisconsin, five players and one student assistant reeled in the shark after more than an hour of work.? UM went 7-0 at Hard Rock Stadium during the regular season.

A favorable schedule was always going to give Wisconsin less room for error, but the team played a near-perfect 12 games.

Furthermore, Wisconsin was also strong in defending the pass game, as senior Natrell Jamerson and junior Nick Nelson enjoyed their first season as starters alongside senior cornerback Derrick Tindal.

Orange Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Miami Hurricanes
Orange Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Miami Hurricanes

While the playoff selections mark Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Oklahoma as the elite of college football, the Badgers and Hurricanes will at least be looking to show themselves as the best of the rest.

Ohio State did an excellent job of containing Taylor in his worst performance of the season, 41 yards on 15 carries.

The Hurricanes were outscored 17-62 in their last two games of the season, and will hope the sunny Florida weather and a raucous home base propels them to a postseason victory.

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Taylor is the next great running back for Wisconsin. Basically a home game for the Hurricanes as the game will take place on their home field, the Badgers come into this game in a very similar state of mind as the Hurricanes, despite being outnumbered in various categories in the teams' football histories. His 1,847 rushing yards ranks third in the country and needs only 79 yards to break Adrian Peterson's freshman rushing record. Behind him, depth is an issue because wide receiver Ahmmon Richards (24 catches for 439 yards) and tight end Christopher Herndon (40 for 477) are both out with knee injuries.

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Malik Rosier, QB, Miami: Rosier struggled in Miami's two losses.

Miami's running back is declaring for the draft a season early.


The Canes are staying at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood until the game.

Prediction: Vegas has Wisconsin as a 4.5 point favorite, but they've been off at an alarming rate all bowl season.


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