Capitol One Bowl Preview – Wisconsin Badgers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks

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capital-one-bowl-2014In this episode of the Red Light Sports Ramble, Evan and Troy welcome Dave Radcliffe on the show to talk about Wisconsin Badger football.  Dave is the lead writer for Wisconsin Badgers football at @bleacherreport and a freelance writer at @yahoosports covering the Brewers and Packers.  The Wisconsin Badgers have been itching to play another game after they lost to Penn State over a month ago.  On Bowl Selection Sunday, the Wisconsin Badgers found out they were playing a very solid South Carolina team in the Capitol One Bowl.

When you think of Big Ten football you think of power running and good defense, well that is what you are getting with the Wisconsin Badgers.  The Wisconsin Badgers average 283 rushing yards per game and have two running backs that have eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing this season.  Melvin Gordan and James White will have the opportunity to face a South Carolina team that gives up 142 yards per game rushing.  The Gamecocks do have NFL prospect Jadeveon Clowney to stop the run and pressure Quarterback Joel Stave.  However, this defense has struggled at times with teams that can run the ball effectively.  Defensively, the Wisconsin Badgers are pretty stingy when it comes to run defense and points allowed.  The Wisconsin Badgers only give up 14.8 points per game; whereas the Gamecocks are averaging 34.1 points per game.

Connor Shaw and Mike Davis lead the Gamecocks in rushing.  As a team, South Carolina is averaging just over 200 yards rushing per game.  There is no clear cut receiver that is the go to guy on the Gamecocks roster. Shaw has spread the rock around to a number of receivers.  The biggest stat for Shaw is that he has only thrown one interception all year, and the Wisconsin Badger defense has only recorded 9 picks this season.  Overall, the Gamecocks come in averaging 453 yards per game, and will need to have a balanced attack to keep the Wisconsin Badgers high powered run game on the sideline.

The numbers say that this game should be a shootout with both teams averaging around 35 points per game.  The Capitol One Bowl must be happy with this match-up.  This could be one of the most exciting games on New Years Day.

Listen to Dave Radcliffe talk about the Wisconsin Badgers and South Carolina Gamecocks in the Capitol One Bowl!

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