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Gordon (left) has propelled the Badgers running game to high peaks.
Bowl Matchup: No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) vs. No. 9 South Carolina (10-2), Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ET on ABC (Capital One Bowl)
Biggest Question: Can Badgers get rushing attack back on track?
For much of the season, Wisconsin dominated opponents with a crushing ground game.
With a one-two punch of running backs Melvin Gordon and James White, opposing defenses stood no chance. The duo combined for 2,803 yards and 25 touchdowns on the season.
However, in a loss to Penn State, 31-24, on Nov. 30, the Badgers were held to just 120 yards and a season-low 4.00 yards per carry. Furthermore, the team was kept out of the end zone on the ground for the first time all season.
In a tough matchup with the Gamecocks, Wisconsin will need its run game to be clicking if it has any hope for victory.
Thus far, South Carolina ranks No. 32 against the run (142.3 YPG). Although the team limits the yardage, the Gamecocks have given up 16 rushing touchdowns and concede a generous 4.05 yards per carry.
If ever Gordon and White had to step up, this is that moment.