Five Keys to Victory for Wisconsin Against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl

Five Keys to Victory for Wisconsin Against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl

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Five Keys to Victory for Wisconsin Against Miami in the Pinstripe Bowl

For the first time in school history, Wisconsin will face the same bowl opponent in consecutive years. This will be a familiar matchup for Wisconsin fans when the Badgers face Miami in this evening’s Pinstripe Bowl, as the two schools have met three times in the past 10 seasons. That’s good news for UW and bad news for Miami, as the Badgers have won the two previous meetings.

For Wisconsin, here are the five things they need to do to beat Miami in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

1, The Battle of Quarterbacks

Miami’s defense is more than capable of slowing down Jonathan Taylor, holding opposing ground attacks to an average of 3.3 yards a carry and 127.5 yards a contest. Even with Miami not having All-American defensive tackle Gerald Willis available for the bowl, the Hurricanes still have enough talented players along the defensive line to stop Wisconsin’s rushing attack.

That pressure on the line puts added pressure that Jack Coan is able to make throws to keep drives alive. Coan will start his fourth game and his play has been largely inconsistent. If Coan can prove he can beat Miami’s defense with his arm consistently, it will prevent the Hurricanes from constantly loading the box.

The Badgers aren’t alone in quarterback woes. Miami started the season with Malik Rosier before switching to N’Kosi Perry the last four games. Perry hasn’t been able to solve Miami’s problems either, as he’s completing 51.6 percent (96-for-186) of his passes and averaging 108.9 passing yards per game. For the bowl, head coach Mark Richt will go back to Rosier, who threw three interceptions against the Badgers last year.

Bottom line, whichever team receives the most consistent quarterback play will give their team a big edge.

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