As college football bowl season heats up near the end of December, the No. 6 Wisconsin Badgers and No. 10 Miami Hurricanes will be enjoying the sun in Miami Gardens for the 2018 Orange Bowl.
Both programs were surging near the end of the year, but late-season losses left them on the outside looking in at the College Football Playoff. The good news, however, is that the Badgers and Hurricanes will have one more opportunity to show their 2017 campaigns were no fluke as they finish off the season against a quality opponent.
All of the information you need to tune in can be seen below:
Date: Saturday, Dec. 30
Start Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Location: Miami, Florida
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium
TV Info: ESPN
Live Stream: Stream 1
Betting Odds: Wisconsin -6.5 | O/U: 45
Ticket Info: Buy Tickets Here
Let’s learn a little bit more about the teams ahead of the Orange Bowl.
We’re juiced! pic.twitter.com/QC7VBIQ5W9
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) December 3, 2017
The Hurricanes started off their season on a hot streak, jumping out to 10-0 and found themselves in position to control there own College Football Playoff destiny. However, the season came to a screeching halt when Miami found themselves losers of two in a row to finish out the year.
In the regular season finale, the Hurricanes watched an undefeated season come to an end thanks to an upset courtesy of the Pittsburgh Panthers. Then, in the ACC Championship Game, The U was blown out, 38-3, by Clemson.
Miami will be looking to erase that bad taste from their mouths when they take the field at Hard Rock Stadium.
🎶 Welcome to Miami 🎶
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) December 3, 2017
Like The U, Wisconsin found itself on the verge of an unbeaten season. Running through the out of conference and conference schedule en route to a 12-0 record, the Badgers came up just short against Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Wisconsin will need to rely heavily on star running back Jonathan Taylor against the standout Miami defense. During the 2017 campaign, the freshman sensation recorded 1,847 yards and 13 touchdowns on 273 carries.
The Badgers also have a stout defense, finishing No. 3 in the nation in points against, but they lack the flash “Turnover Chain” that had the Hurricanes on the map.