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Orange Bowl Preview: Wisconsin vs. Miami (Fla.)

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers faces the No. 11 Miami (Florida) Hurricanes in the Capital One Orange Bowl. The game will kick off at 8 pm on ESPN from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The Badgers have a 12-1 record. The Hurricanes are 10-2 overall.

Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor rushing the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes (Getty Images)

Wisconsin Badgers running back Jonathan Taylor rushing the ball against the Ohio State Buckeyes (Getty Images)

The Hurricanes are one of several teams playing in a Bowl game at their home facility this Bowl season.

According to Covers.com Consensus Analysis, the Hurricanes have a 51% chance to win this game. Their expert poll, however, gives the Hurricanes a 64% chance to win this game.

This is the fifth meeting all-time between these two teams. Each team has two wins against each other, but this is their first meeting since 2009.

The Badgers defeated the Hurricanes, 20-14, in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Florida on December 29th, 2009. Their other win in this series came on September 26th, 1958 when they won 20-0.

The Hurricanes last win in this series came on September 9th, 1989 when they won 51-3. They also won 23-3 on September 24th, 1988.

Miami (Florida) is 19-19 all-time in Bowl games. They are 6-3 all-time in the Orange Bowl, their most common Bowl destination.

They won their last Bowl game, as they defeated the West Virginia Mountaineers, 31-14, in the Russell Athletic Bowl on December 28th, 2017, which was Mark Richt’s first Bowl game as the head coach of his alma mater. They have not lost a Bowl game since losing 20-14 to the Washington State Cougars in the Sun Bowl on December 26th, 2015.

This is the second straight Bowl game in the State of Florida for the Hurricanes. This will be their 17th Bowl game in the State of Florida all-time.

This is their first Orange Bowl appearance since January 1st, 2004 when they defeated the Florida State Seminoles, 16-14. They have not lost an Orange Bowl since losing to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 24-17, on January 1st, 1995.

The Badgers are 14-14 all-time in Bowl games. They have won their last three Bowl games, including going 2-0 under head coach Paul Chryst.

Wisconsin has not lost a Bowl game since losing 34-24 to the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 1st, 2014.

This will be the Badgers first-ever appearance in the Orange Bowl. However, they have played in major Bowl games before, as they have appeared in nine Rose Bowl Games and five Bowl Championship Series (BCS) games.

This will be their 11th Bowl game for Wisconsin in the State of Florida.

Wisconsin lost its last regular-season game, losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes, 27-21, in the Big Ten Conference Championship game. They have not won a regular-season game since defeating the Minnesota Golden Gophers, 31-0, on November 25th, 2017.

The Hurricanes have lost their last two regular-season games, losing to the Pittsburgh Panthers and the Clemson Tigers in the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship game. They have not won a game since defeating the Virginia Cavaliers, 44-28, on November 18th, 2017.

Wisconsin is averaging 33.8 points per game. Miami (Florida) is averaging 29.5 points per game.

Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook has gone 175 of 284 for 2,386 passing yards. He has 21 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Jonathan Taylor leads the running backs, as the freshman has 273 carries for 1,847 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Troy Fumagalli leads the receivers with 43 receptions for 516 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

Hurricanes quarterback Malik Rosier has gone 213 of 389 for 2,917 passing yards. He has 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Travis Homer leads the running backs with 151 carries for 902 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Braxton Berrios leads the receivers with 52 receptions for 634 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

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