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How To Bet On The 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl

How To Bet On The 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl

The 6th ranked Wisconsin Badgers missed out on the playoffs after losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game. Now, the team will get a chance to redeem themselves when they take on the 10th ranked Miami Hurricanes in the Capital One Orange Bowl. 

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Orange Bowl 2017: Wisconsin Badgers vs Miami-FL Hurricanes

  • When: December 30, 2017, 8:00 PM ET
  • Where: Hard Rock Stadium
  • Spread: Wisconsin -6.5
  • Total: 45.5
  • Moneyline: Wisconsin -250 vs Miami +210

If You’re Betting On The Wisconsin Badgers

The Badgers finished the season 12-1, and would probably have earned a spot if their only loss of the season occurred earlier in the year.

Since it didn’t they will get to take their frustrations out on the Hurricanes, who struggled at the end of the season and lost their final two games.

The Orange Bowl is not exactly where the Badgers were probably hoping to end up playing just a couple of weeks ago, but you should not expect them to rest on their laurels when they take on the Miami Hurricanes. Wiscy is 3-0 SU and 2-0-1 ATS in its past three bowl games while averaging 425.7 yards and 27 points per game.

Wisconsin had its worst game of the season in the Big Ten championship game and allowed Ohio State to pile up 449 yards on offense while struggling themselves to get things going their way.

For the first time all season, running back Jonathan Taylor looked like a greenhorn and was kept to just 41 yards in 15 carries.

The Badgers need to get their running game, which was the 21st best in the country this season, back on track.

In their game against the Buckeyes, the Badgers were unable to get their ground game going, thanks to a Buckeyes defense that decided they would rather let the Badgers beat them through the air than on the ground.

The defensive strategy paid off for the Buckeyes, who held the Badgers to 60 yards on 32 carries.

The Badgers will need to get their offensive ducks in line in the Orange Bowl, as Miami has one of the best defensive fronts in college football.

And if Taylor can’t get going, then it’s up to quarterback Alex Hornibrook to win the game – which is not good.

Since the Hurricanes will likely attempt the same strategy at the 2017 Orange Bowl, the Badgers will need to establish the run early and stick to it until they wear the Miami defense out.

With a consistent running game, quarterback Alex Hornibrook won’t have as much pressure on him like he did against the Buckeyes, who forced him to throw two interceptions.

If You’re Betting On The Miami Hurricanes

The Hurricanes also had a chance to make the playoffs, but unlike the Badgers, they were actually the 2nd ranked team in the country before they lost to the Pittsburgh Panthers in the final game of the regular season and to the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game.

At least Wisconsin was competitive in its conference championship – Miami got absolutely clobbered 38-3 against Clemson. That was the second game in a row in which the ’Canes offense completely stalled out by tallying fewer than 250 yards and 14 points. Injuries have played a big part, as the receiving unit has been decimated.

There is a good likelihood that this game will be decided by whatever defense outclasses the other, as both programs are holding opponents under 20 ppg this season.

However, style of play for each squad is very different. Wisconsin plays a grinding, technically sound style of defense while Miami is all about big plays and dazzle.

The Hurricanes will be trying to snap their losing streak against a Wisconsin team that folded in their first real challenge of the year.

Miami will probably have a hard time scoring against the Badgers, who had the 3rd best defense in the country, allowing 13.2 points per game.

The Hurricanes averaged 29.5 points per game, but they were also involved in a lot of close games this season because their offense struggled.

Although it wasn’t as good as the Badgers’ defense, the Hurricanes were a very solid defensive team and held opponents to 19.9 points per game, which was 20th in the country.

If they can stop the Badgers from running the ball, they will be able to get pressure on Hornibrook, who didn’t play well under pressure against the Buckeyes.

The fact that the Hurricanes will get a chance to redeem themselves in front of their home crowd after losing their last two games on the road, should play a big factor in this game.

Buckeyes vs Hurricanes Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Miami's last 10 games.
  • Miami is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games in December.
  • Miami is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games against the Big Ten.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Miami’s last 8 games in bowl season.
  • Wisconsin is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games after a loss
  • Wisconsin is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games.
  • Underdogs are 8-2 SU and ATS in the last 10 Orange Bowls.

Pick and Prediction: The Badgers are favored to win this game by 6.5 points, the over/under on total points scored is 45. The Badgers will be the popular bet in this one because they were 8-5 against the spread this season. However, the Hurricanes are playing what is essentially a home game, which gives them the edge. Take Miami +6.5 and the under.

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