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2015 Holiday Bowl Preview WISvsUSC
USC vs. Wisconsin
After falling to Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship game, USC is heading back to the National University Holiday Bowl for the second straight season. The Trojans will face No. 23 Wisconsin, a team that it has toppled in all six previous meetings. The Badgers are making their 14th straight bowl appearance, the longest active streak in the Big Ten.
Players to watch
Trojans wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster has 85 catches for 1,389 yards and 10 touchdowns. The sophomore has slowed down a bit the last few weeks as he has just two touchdown receptions over the last six games after grabbing eight over his first seven games.
Badgers wide receiver Alex Erickson needs 76 receiving yards to become the fourth player in school history to record a 1,000-yard receiving season. The senior has three receiving touchdowns and has three times recorded nine receptions in a game this season.
USC defeated Nebraska 45-42 in the Holiday Bowl last season in a game that featured 1,040 yards of total offense.
USC is 33-16 in postseason play, including a 9-2 record in its last 11 bowl games.
Trojans cornerback Adoree’ Jackson was named MVP of the Pac-12 South Division after he finished the season with a defensive touchdown, two offensive scores and two special teams touchdowns.
USC is scoring 34.9 points per game and averaging 449.6 yards of total offense per game.
The Badgers are 1-4 in their last five bowl games with four of those matchups decided by single digits.
Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave has guided the Badgers to a school record-tying 30 wins.
Of the Badgers’ three losses this season, two were by 6 points or less.
Wisconsin finished the regular season allowing just 13.1 points per game, the best mark in the country.
Wisconsin vs USC Betting Trends
Team record: 8-5 SU,6-7 ATS
Southern Cal is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Southern Cal is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Team record: 9-3 SU,5-7 ATS
Wisconsin is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Wisconsin’s last 10 games
Holiday Bow Prediction
Both teams had thoughts of playing in a bigger bowl game this year but the Holiday Bowl has to be happy to have two name teams that have alumni that will travel. The biggest difference between these two teams is the Badger defense. It lead the country giving up less than two touchdowns a game. The Badgers physical defense is just what is needed to stop a fast team like the Trojans.
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