The Oregon Ducks and the Wisconsin Badgers meet in the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2012, when Russell Wilson was still under center for the Badgers. The Ducks won that game, but will the Badgers finally get their revenge this time around?
Betting Preview for the Oregon Ducks vs Wisconsin Badgers Rose Bowl Game on January 1 2020
Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena
When: Saturday, January 1, 2020, 5:00 PM ET
Line: Oregon Ducks (+3) vs. Wisconsin Badgers (-3) – view all 2020 NCAAF lines
TV Broadcast: ESPN
Betting on the Oregon Ducks (11-2 Overall / 8-1 Conference)
The Ducks are feeling good about themselves right now. How can they not? They scored a dominant 37-15 win over the Utah Utes in the Pac-12 title game. The Ducks had to have a perfect offensive game plan to get past Utah’s tough defense. Fortunately for the Ducks, they did have one. Quarterback Justin Herbert passed for only 193 yards and a touchdown, but he did not have any turnovers. Running back CJ Verdell put up a monster performance by rushing for 208 yards and three touchdowns against the Utes. Perhaps the key for the Ducks against the Badgers is to establish their running game early. By doing so, they can shift Wisconsin’s attention away from Herbert, who is among the top prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. On the season, Herbert has 3,333 passing yards and 32 touchdowns against just five interceptions. This may not be a CFP game, but this is Herbert’s last chance to make an impression in a competitive game on NFL scouts and boost his pro stock in the process, so don’t expect him taking the Rose Bowl lightly.
The Ducks are 3-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last five games.
Betting on the Wisconsin Badgers (10-3 Overall / 7-2 Conference)
The Badgers took a loss in the Big Ten Championship Game to no. 1 Ohio State Badgers, 34-21, but not before giving Justin Fields and company a scare. The Badgers were ahead at the half of that game by 14 points but just could not follow through in the final two quarters of the contest. Nevertheless, it showed how good the Badgers can be, especially on defense. The Badgers are eighth in the nation in scoring defense with just 16.1 points allowed per game and sixth in total defense with 295.2 total yards surrendered per contest. The Badgers also have four wins this season in which they held their opponents scoreless, including a 38-0 win over the Michigan State Spartans. Wisconsin’s offense is competent, too. The Badgers are scoring 34.6 points per game and are 14th in the FBS with 241.2 rushing yards per outing, thanks in large part to running back Jonathan Taylor, who is third nationally with 146.85 rushing yards per game to go with 21 touchdowns.
Wisconsin wins, 27-23.
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