SnoTapWI Badgers Preview: Miami vs. Wisconsin
At the beginning of the year, a bowl matchup pitting up Miami and Wisconsin again wasn’t out of the question. Both teams ranked in the top ten, and it was conceivable they could meet in a New Years Six bowl again like they did last year at the Orange Bowl. They are meeting again, but this time, it’s not in a bowl anyone wants to be at for either team. It’s in New York City at the Pinstripe Bowl but it really could be called the disappointment bowl as these are two of the more disappointing teams in the college football season. They’ll each attempt to end the year on a high note.
Jack Coan gets to submit his resume – Like Alex Hornibrook last season, Jack Coan can end the year on a high note and lead Wisconsin into the 2019 season. Coan might be the starter when Spring football begins if Hornibrook’s career hangs in the balance with concussion issues. This is a big moment for the Long Island native who gets to play in front of his hometown fans for the first time in his career. Hopefully, the nerves and the moment will not be too big for the Sophomore quarterback. He got better and better as the year went on, so, I’m interested to see if he’s able to continue that momentum into the final game of the season.
T.J. Edwards desire to leave on a high note – Wisconsin has a group of seniors in their final game, and it seems from Edwards’ comments a couple weeks ago, they have a chip on their shoulder. Edwards and the Badgers seniors have an awful taste in their mouth from the disaster against Minnesota this season. Edwards will try to make a difference against a putrid Miami offense that struggled all year. Look for Edwards to have a big moment or two in this game.
Jonathan Taylor goes for 2k – The Doak Walker award winner will face a tough challenge against Miami. The U hasn’t allowed more than 1,989 yards on the ground. That’s how many yards Taylor accumulated this season. He needs only 11 to be a 2,000 yard rusher for Wisconsin. Melvin Gordon and Ron Dayne are the only two Badgers rushers to achieve that feat. Taylor will have a chance to join Dayne as a two-time 2,000 yard rusher next season. This Miami defense is difficult, but Taylor is one of the best running backs in the country. If he has a big game, the Heisman hype will be back for another season.
Prediction: I love Wisconsin in this game. I’m unsure why they’re a two-point underdog in this game. Bet what you can on Wisconsin and maybe a slight nod to the over, Wisconsin’s defense isn’t that good. 44 points isn’t a lot of points. Miami is the most dysfunctional team in the country and part of me thinks they’ll be in full Eric Bledsoe on the Suns mode playing in New York City. I have the Badgers by a significant amount. UW 31-17