Orange Bowl Preview
Wisconsin and Miami each lost their respective conference championship games and find themselves on the outside of the playoffs, looking in. For Wisconsin this must feel like a road game as the Orange Bowl is Miami’s home stadium. Both teams overachieved this season and would like to finish the season on a positive note.
Top 5 Draft Prospects
1: TJ Edwards, LB, Wisconsin
2: RJ McIntosh, DT, Miami
3: Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami
4: Michael Jackson, CB, Miami
5: Jack Cichy, LB, Wisconsin
** Mark Walton, RB, Miami will miss the game due to injury but has already declared for the draft in April
When Miami Has The Ball - The Hurricanes have overachieved all season on offense despite having little premium talent. Tight end Christopher Herndon is their only draftable skill player this year. KC McDermott is another draftable prospect for the Hurricanes at guard, but expect Miami to move the ball the same way they did all season. Edwards and Cichy will make running the ball difficult for Miami. Edwards is a sleeper prospect for the draft who could star immediately as a second day selection.
When Wisconsin Has The Ball - The Badgers runa conservative offense that will look to speed up the game and win the field position battle. This does not typically favor Wisconsin in out of conference matchups though. Guard Beau Benzschawel is the leader of an offensive line, and likely a mid round selection, but the Hurricanes defense is stacked and with veteran members of the secondary Wisconsin will likely be facing a crowded front to run at. This seems like a matchup that favors Miami’s defense, which is loaded with upper classmen.
Prediction: Wisconsin plays good football but they are ore prone to mistakes than they can afford to be. Miami is known for capitalizing on their opponents mistakes and will look to do so again. Miami 31 - Wisconsin 23