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This game will mean more than just another bowl game for LaMichael James. There's a lot of pressure on him to preform due to his lackluster performances in previous big non-conference games.
|Year ||Opponent ||Rushing yards ||Average ||Touchdowns
|2009 ||Ohio State ||70 ||4.7 ||0
|2010 ||Auburn ||49 ||3.8 ||0
|2011 ||LSU ||54 ||3.0 ||1
Those three games have arguably been Oregon's most important during this three-year span. Whether it was injuries or opposing defense's revolving their game plan around stopping James, he has yet to show up for the big ones.
Not only will a great performance cement his legacy as the best running back in school history, but it'll prevent him from being labeled a system back who only excelled in games against conference opponents.
One who watched James play throughout his career would beg to differ no matter the outcome of this game, but that will be the national perception if James does not have a good game against Wisconsin.
I do, however, like this matchup for James. Out of the three teams previously listed, Wisconsin has the worst defense out of the four. Not only is Wisconsin not big enough on defense to disrupt the flow of the offense, but they are no where near as fast.
If Oregon wins this game, it will be because the offense got in rhythm, and James was able to run wild on the Badgers defense. An Oregon victory will inevitably mean James was the MVP.