South Carolina and Wisconsin meet in the 2014 edition of the Capital One Bowl, and if the oddsmakers have it right, this game should be a close one.
The Gamecocks will have to stall a Wisconsin rushing attack that averages 283 yards per game and 6.6 yards per carry. The Badgers churn out quality running backs year after year, possibly through the use of some sort of top secret cloning device, and this year they feature a pair of 1,000-yard rushers.
South Carolina has a 1,000-yard rusher of its own and a steady hand at quarterback in Connor Shaw. The Gamecocks have been a bit more balanced offensively, averaging 248.3 yards per game through the air and 205.3 on the ground.
Rankings and records: Wisconsin is 9-3 (6-2 Big Ten) and ranked 19th in both major polls. South Carolina finished the regular season at 10-2 (6-2 SEC) and is ranked eighth in the two major polls. This is the first-ever meeting between these programs.
Vegas: Wisconsin opened as a two-point favorite, and the over/under opened at 51.
Weather: Mostly sunny skies with a high of 67.
Three names to know
Melvin Gordon -- Gordon is one half of Wisconsin's potent running back tandem. He leads the team with 1,466 yards on the ground and averages more than eight yards per carry. He's surpassed the 100-yard mark seven times this season.
Connor Shaw -- Although injuries limited him at times during the regular season, the Gamecocks quarterback was productive nonetheless. He completed 61 percent of his throws, averaged 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 21 touchdowns against just one interception.
James White -- White is not far behind Gordon with 1,337 rushing yards, and his 13 rushing scores lead the Badgers. Like Gordon, he reached the 100-yard mark on plenty of occasions in 2013.
Two things at stake
Wisconsin can reach the 10-win mark for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and a victory would put a nice cap on Gary Andersen's first year at the helm in Madison. The Badgers also can put an end to a three-game bowl losing streak.
South Carolina, meanwhile, is riding a two-game bowl winning streak. A victory for the Gamecocks here would likely sew up a top-10 finish in the polls.
How to witness
TV: ABC, 1 p.m. ET
Online streaming: None.
For comprehensive coverage of this matchup, be sure to visit Badgers blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Gamecocks blog Garnet And Black Attack, as well as Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire and SEC blog Team Speed Kills.