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College Football
Preview
Wisconsin vs South Carolina
When: 1:00 PM ET, Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Where: Florida Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida

CAPITAL ONE BOWL STORYLINES

1. The last time South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney played in a bowl game, he became a national sensation based on one brutal hit. The Gamecocks star will try to provide another highlight in possibly his last college game when the Gamecocks face Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Jan. 1. The Badgers had a six-game winning streak snapped in the regular-season finale and are stepping back after three straight trips to the Rose Bowl.

2. Clowney is a likely top-five draft pick should he choose to leave school after his junior season and is hoping to help South Carolina to a third straight bowl win over a Big Ten School. The Gamecocks ended the regular season with five straight victories, including wins over top-10 opponents Missouri and Clemson.

3. Wisconsin finished second in the Big Ten Leaders Division, robbing it of a chance to make a fourth straight trip to the Rose Bowl as the champion of the Big Ten. The Badgers rely on a strong running game and tight defense, something they have in common with South Carolina.

TV:
1 p.m. ET, ABC. LINE: South Carolina -1

ABOUT WISCONSIN (9-3, 6-2 Big Ten): The Badgers gave up a little balance on offense in favor of a heavy running attack led by a pair of backs - Melvin Gordon (1,466) and James White (1,337) - that each eclipsed 1,300 yards and combined for 25 touchdowns on the ground. Wisconsin also excels at stopping the run, ranking second in the Big Ten behind conference champion Michigan State in rushing defense with an average of 101.3 yards allowed. The most dynamic player on the team may be senior receiver Jared Abbrederis, who is playing his final college game after posting career highs with 73 catches and 1,051 yards in the regular season.

ABOUT SOUTH CAROLINA (10-2, 6-2 SEC): Clowney was ticketed for driving 110 mph in a 70-mph zone early in December but will be available for the Capital One Bowl and will key a defense that finished second in the SEC against the run. “We’ll have to get our run defense pants on, that’s for sure,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said. “When you play a team like Wisconsin that can run it and run it and run it, they can stay on the field for a long time if you don’t watch it.” Connor Shaw passed for 21 touchdowns and just one interception during the regular season and adds to the ground game as well, including a season-high 94 yards and a touchdown against Clemson in the finale.

PREDICTION: Wisconsin 28, South Carolina 24
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Wisconsin 9-3 L1 35.8 14.8 6-1 3-2 0-1 0-0 6-2
South Carolina 10-2 W5 34.1 20.0 7-0 3-2 8-2 0-0 6-2
Last Meeting
Wisconsin South Carolina
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Wisconsin N/A
South Carolina N/A
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Wisconsin N/A
South Carolina N/A
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Wisconsin N/A
South Carolina N/A
Touchdowns Player TD
Wisconsin N/A
South Carolina N/A
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Wisconsin J. Stave 61.6 2414 20 12
South Carolina C. Shaw 61.0 2135 21 1
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Wisconsin M. Gordon 181 1466 8.1 12
South Carolina M. Davis 194 1134 5.8 11
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Wisconsin J. Abbrederis 73 1051 14.4 7
South Carolina B. Ellington 43 635 14.8 6
Touchdowns Player TD
Wisconsin J. White 15
South Carolina M. Davis 11
Quickchart Matchup
Wisconsin Off vs  South Carolina Def
486.8 yards
345 yards
6.6 yards/rush
4.1 yards/rush
7.4 yards/attempt
7.1 yards/attempt
South Carolina Off vs  Wisconsin Def
453.5 yards
294.4 yards
4.9 yards/rush
3.2 yards/rush
8.3 yards/attempt
5.8 yards/attempt