Miami Hurricanes Take On The Wisconsin Badgers

Cory AlpertContributor IDecember 24, 2009

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes scrambles against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami defeated Georgia Tech 33-17.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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The Miami Hurricanes will square off with Wisconsin this week in the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Florida, in what amounts to a home game for the 'Canes.  Many presume this game to be the classic Speed vs. Size game. However, both coaches argue that both teams have both speed and size, sometimes in one player.  For instance, look at Wisconsin RB John Clay, a big, bruising runner who is also very quick on his feet. On the Miami side of the ball, you have receivers and tight ends, such as Jimmy Graham, who have enormous size and very good speed.

This game looks to be a very good match-up, and will showcase some of the best young talent in the country, and it looks as though it will come down to who wants it more, who needs the win. Wisconsin has many reasons. Firstly, recruiting, recruiting, recruiting.  Wisconsin recruits in the same area almost all schools do: South Florida, and a win over the home team there would give them a great advantage.  A win here would also provide them positive morale going into next season, always a great starting point at the beginning of a season. 

Miami also has many reasons to fight for this win.  Along with Wisconsin, they need a win for recruiting. They are the home team in the hotbed of talent that is South Florida, and a win would only bolster their position.  Secondly, Coach Randy Shannon is looking for his first bowl win as a head coach, having been edged out of last years Emerald Bowl by a very good University of California team.  

It is a safe bet that both of these teams will be looking to send out their seniors on a high note.