ORLANDO -- Here is the breakdown before Tuesday night's Champs Sports Bowl at the Citrus Bowl.
Before you dismiss the Badgers as a running team, know that Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien has a slightly higher quarterback efficiency rating (142.44) than UM's Jacory Harris (141.56). The difference here is Harris (3,164 yards, 23 TDs, 17 INTs) has had to win more games with his arm than Tolzien (2,445 yards, 16 TDs, 10 INTs) and has four fourth-quarter come-from-behind wins in two seasons. Edge: Miami
All-Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year John Clay ran for 1,396 yards with 16 touchdowns on 265 carries to pace a Wisconsin offense that ranked 14th in the country in rushing (206 yards per game). The difference here is depth. UM averages 144 yards a game on the ground, but has three capable backs in Graig Cooper, Damien Berry and Javarris James. Ech have run for at least 150 yards in a game this season. They also haven't lost a fumble all season. Edge: Miami
Sophomore receiver Nick Toon, the son of former Jets receiver Al Toon, and All-Big Ten senior tight end Garrett Graham (45 catches, 547 yards, 7 TDs) have more catches than anybody on the Canes' roster. But what UM has that the Badgers don't is depth. Leonard Hankerson (44 catches, 773 yards, 6 TDs) has been the most consistent of the 10 UM receivers with double-digit receptions. Edge: Miami
This one really isn't close. UM has given up more sacks (30) than Wisconsin (22) and is without starting left tackle and All-ACC First Team selection Jason Fox (knee surgery). All-Big Ten selections John Moffitt and Gabe Carimi anchor the Badgers veteran offensive line. Edge: Wisconsin
Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield (10 sacks, 22½ tackles for loss) and UM's Allen Bailey (7 sacks, 11 tackles for loss) are all-conference first team selections and among the best in the country at creating havoc in the backfield. But collectively, the Badgers are simply better at getting to the quarterback (32 sacks) than the Hurricanes (23 sacks) who at times have let opposing passers sit comfortably and untouched for long stretches of time. Edge: Wisconsin
The Hurricanes improved against the run this season -- moving up from 70th to 28th nationally (118.33 yards per game). Both Colin McCarthy (88 tackles, 9½ TFL) and Darryl Sharpton (91 tackles, 7 TFL) had stellar seasons while former ACC Freshman of the Year Sean Spence battled injury. But Wisconsin, led by Big Ten Freshman of the Year Chris Borland and senior Jaevery McFadden (Riviera Beach, Fla.), has the eighth-ranked run defense in the country (90.5 ypg). The Badgers also have more depth. Edge: Wisconsin
All-American cornerback Brandon Harris had a stellar sophomore season for UM with 16 pass deflections and two interceptions. Wisconsin, led by free safety Chris Maragos (44 tackles, 4 INTs), have more picks (15) than the Canes (eight). But the difference here is UM gives up fewer TD passes (14) and less yardage (203 ypg) than the Badgers (220 yards, 20 TDs) on most nights. Wisconsin has given up 270 yards through the air five times season. Edge: Miami
With All-ACC First Team selection Matt Bosher it's easy to think the Hurricanes might own this category. But Wisconsin can be dangerous here. The Badgers have blocked a field goal, blocked two punts and returned them for touchdowns, and scored on a fake field goal this season. Badgers punter Brad Norman averages 42.3 yards a punt -- close to what Bosher does (42.7). But where the Canes own the edge is field goals, where Bosher (14 of 16) has been more consistent than UW's Phillip Welch (15 of 22), who does have a long of 57 yards this season. Edge: Miami
This is going to be another tough, hard fought game for the Canes who are basically taking on a better version of the North Carolina Tar Heels. Wisconsin is physical and can create turnovers and loves to run the football. Sound like Carolina? The difference here is I don't think the Hurricanes will turn it over in this game. UM coach Randy Shannon said Monday he's been stressing all week about winning the turnover battle and protecting the football. I think in the end, UM makes enough stops on Clay and the Wisconsin running game to force the Badgers to throw the football more than they want to and Orlando Franklin has another great game at left tackle. I'm going with UM 34, Wisconsin 24.