On Thursday afternoon, the Miami Hurricanes and the Wisconsin Badgers will face off in the Pinstripe Bowl in New York City. Both teams are 7-5 and have not had the greatest of seasons but will look to make it a successful one with a bowl victory here.
Quarterbacks Need to Up Their Game
The Hurricanes have not played a game since November 24th. In that game, they defeated the 24th ranked Pittsburgh Panthers by a score of 24-3. Quarterback N’Kosi Perry had a terrible game, going 6 for 24 on pass attempts for only 52 yards and no touchdowns and no interceptions. The running game was incredible, however, and powered the Canes to victory. Travis Homer ran the ball 8 times for 168 yards and a touchdown, with an average of 21 yards a carry. Perry added 46 rushing yards as well, and DeeJay Dallas ran for 39 yards and a touchdown. The special teams played a factor as well, as DeeJay Dallas returned a punt for a 65-yard touchdown.
Wisconsin also hasn’t played a game since the 24th of November, in which they lost to the Minnesota Golden Gophers 37-15. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook went 22 for 33 for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns but threw 3 interceptions which made it difficult for the Badgers to maintain drives. Running back Jonathan Taylor has a solid game, rushing 19 times for 120 yards but could not find the end zone. Danny Davis III and Jake Ferguson paced the Badgers in receiving. Davis caught 10 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown and Ferguson went for 46 yards on 5 catches and had the only other Wisconsin score.
Miami Can’t Seem to Close the Deal
Miami has had solid numbers this season but just have not found ways to win ballgames. The offense is putting up 31 points per game and are putting up 375 yards a game. The strength of the offense has been the ground game as they are running for 197 yards a game and throwing for just 177 per. The Hurricane defense hasn’t been bad either, allowing only 18 points per game and 268 total yards a game. They allow 141 passing yards a game and 128 rushing yards a game.
The Badgers are usually known for their defense, but that has not shown up all year long. The defense is allowing an alarming 24 points per game on 356 yards per game. They allow just over 200 passing yards and 158 yards on the ground. The offense has been able to move the ball pretty soundly but has been derailed by turnovers. They still score 29 points a game, but they are averaging 433 total yards a game so they should be putting up more points if it wasn’t for the turnovers. They also rely on the ground game, running for a very impressive 268 per game and they throw for just 165 per game.
Miami vs. Wisconsin Prediction
Miami comes in at -2.5. This game will be a grinder as both teams will look to pound the rock on the ground. Travis Homer and Jonathan Taylor will be the key pieces for both offenses. While both backs are having phenomenal seasons, I think the defenses will be the main factor. The Hurricane defense has been better than the Badgers defense, so expect Homer and the Cane offense to find more success than Taylor and his. Take Miami -2.5.
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