Wisconsin Badgers vs Oregon Ducks battle it out in the Granddaddy of them all – the Orange Bowl, on New Years Day at 2pm local time. Oregon is looking to win the Rose Bowl game again after winning 45-38 a season ago. The Badgers are ranked 8th in the nation, with their 10-3 record. Wisconsin fell in the Big Ten title game to Ohio State. For Oregon, they are Pac-12 champions, after beating Utah in the title game. The Ducks are 11-2 on the season. Wisconsin is -2.5 in this game, and the online betting total sits at 50.5.
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Wisconsin Saw Two Teams
The Wisconsin Badgers really saw two different versions of their 2019 team. The Badgers looked absolutely unbeatable early in the season, beating South Florida, Central Michigan, Michigan, Northwestern, Kent State and Michigan State by a combined score of 255-29. Then, the Badgers bad team hit. Wisconsin lost on the road at Illinois, and then got blown out at Oho State. That ended their national title hopes, but wins over Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue and Minnesota led them to the Big Ten title game.
The Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor was one of the best in all of college football. He ran the football 299 times for 1,909 yards and 21 touchdowns. That led Wisconsin to the 15th best rushing attack in all of college football. The passing game was quite a bit behind with just 201.2 yards per game. Jack Coan is the quarterback for the Badgers. He finished 2019 with 2,541 yards and 17 touchdowns on the season.
Oregon Looking to Finish Strong
Some may question whether the Ducks will come with their full intensity in this game. But, coming in with a little chip on their shoulders is what we expect. Oregon knows they are one of the best teams in the nation, and will want to prove it on this big stage. Oregon lost their season opener to Auburn, and then got tripped up late in the season to Arizona State. The Ducks have won back to back games at home to Oregon State, and in the Pac-12 title game against Utah.
Justin Herbert is one of the top college football quarterbacks playing. Herbert will be in the National Football League next season. His final game will see him go over 3,500 passing yards on the season. He has thrown for 32 touchdowns, with 7 of them going to Johnny Johnson III. Oregon is also a team that can run the football. The Ducks saw CJ Verdell go for nearly 1,200 yards this season. Oregon scored a season high 77 points in their week 2 win over Nevada.
Wisconsin Badgers vs Oregon Ducks Betting Pick
Two good programs getting together, and two teams that are not unfamiliar with the big stage of the Rose Bowl. Oregon is better than most people give them credit for. In fact, if the Ducks would have beat Arizona State in Tempe, they would likely be in the College Football Playoff over Oklahoma. Oregon can score, and the Ducks defense has been pretty solid this season. We like the Oregon Ducks to win this game, and cover the spread over the Badgers. Do not be afraid to bet the Ducks straight up to win the Rose Bowl.