Wisconsin and Miami (Fla.) play in the Orange Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. Find the game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Wisconsin-Miami football TV channel, time, live stream
Wisconsin and Miami play at 7:10 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 30.
TV channel: Wisconsin-Miami is on ESPN.
Time: 7:10 p.m. CT/8:10 p.m. ET
Date: Saturday, Dec. 30
Live stream: WatchESPN.com or via the ESPN mobile app.
Location: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Weather: 72 degrees at kickoff
Wisconsin-Miami football picks, odds
The line: Wisconsin -4 1/2
Four weeks ago, Wisconsin was preparing for arguably the most significant game in program history — vs. Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship Game. A victory would have sent the Badgers to the College Football Playoff for the first time. Wisconsin can still cap off a special season — if the Badgers approach the game the right way.
Miami leads the FBS in sacks per game at 3.58. Eleven different players have recorded at least 2 sacks for the Hurricanes. Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook struggles when he can’t set his feet and has to move out of the pocket. This figures to be one of the toughest challenges of the season for Wisconsin’s offensive line — right up there with the Buckeyes.
“All of them are athletic, fast, very physical, especially the linebackers,” Badgers left tackle Michael Deiter told reporters this week. “They don’t think twice about what they see. They go attack, and they play the game the right way. But the only reason they can get pressure is because they’re athletic. They have good technique. All that stuff. … Their whole defensive front can really get after the passer. But they’re also stout in the run, very physical, all that stuff. It’ll be fun.”
Miami quarterback Malik Rosier has had an excellent season, throwing for 2,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. But he also has shown he can run the ball, amassing 427 yards rushing with 5 touchdowns. Wisconsin sometimes struggles with dual-threat quarterbacks, and Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett is the latest example. Anything Wisconsin’s defense can do to take away Miami’s strengths will help the Badgers in the Orange Bowl.
Wisconsin leads the FBS in total defense (253.2 yards per game) and passing efficiency defense. The Badgers are second in run defense (92.6 yards) and third in scoring defense (13.2 points per game).
Miami defensive coordinator Manny Diaz whipped his group into a frenzy this season by introducing the “turnover chain.” It’s a 10-karat gold chain that players wear, obviously, after forcing a turnover. Few teams have been better in that area this season. Miami has forced 30 turnovers, which is tied for third in the FBS. Wisconsin has uncharacteristically committed 23 turnovers this season, which ranks tied for 102nd in the FBS. As usual, a turnover-free game will go a long way for Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is currently ranked No. 6 in The Associated Press poll. The Badgers have finished the season among the top 10 a total of 12 times, including three top-5 finishes (1942, 1962, 1999).
Wisconsin will rely heavily on running back Jonathan Taylor, who was a Doak Walker Award finalist and the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Taylor leads the Big Ten in rushing — and ranks third nationally — at 142.1 yards per game. He has rushed for 1,847 yards this season and needs 79 yards to break Adrian Peterson’s FBS freshman record of 1,925.
Pick: Wisconsin 28, Miami 24.