Two teams that fell just short of reaching a BCS bowl, the Wisconsin Badgers and South Carolina Gamecocks will face off in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day.
Based on how each team's regular season came to a close, the Badgers and Gamecocks are on the opposite ends of the spectrum. With a potential BCS berth on the line, Wisconsin laid an egg at home to Penn State to fall to 9-3, while South Carolina defeated rival Clemson by two touchdowns to improve to 10-2.
When we say this is an unfamiliar opponent on both sides, we mean it—the Badgers have never played South Carolina before.
It will make for an interesting matchup between coaches, as Gary Andersen is in his first season as a head coach at an automatic qualifying BCS conference school, while Steve Spurrier is one of the most respected and tenured coaches in the history of college football.
Of course, all eyes will be on Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who is expected to enter the 2014 NFL draft and potentially be the No. 1 pick. For Wisconsin, it will rely heavily on its offensive line and running attack to put points on the board against a strong Gamecocks defense.
The Capital One Bowl could wind up being one of the more intriguing bowl games of the season. To get you geared up for this Big Ten vs. SEC showdown, continue on to mull over the complete game preview of Wisconsin and South Carolina.
Time: Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 1 p.m. ET
Place: Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Fla.
Spread: Wisconsin (-1) via Adam Kramer of Kegs 'n Eggs