The Oregon Ducks (11-2) ended the season at 8-1. That was four games ahead of the Pac-12 North’s second-place Oregon State Beavers. The Ducks went on to beat the winners of the South Division, the #11 Utah Utes, 37-15. That victory earned them the Pac-12 Championship. In the Big Ten, the Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) were 7-2, tying them with Minnesota for the best record in the West. However, the Badgers won the division due to their 38-17 beating of the Golden Gophers in the final week of the season. Wisconsin played #2 Ohio State for the Big Ten Championship. The Buckeyes won that battle and the title 34-21.
2020 Rose Bowl Pick – Regular Season
As the 2019 college football season started, the Wisconsin Badgers looked good. They won their first six games, including a convincing 34-14 victory over #11 Michigan. After those half-dozen wins, the Badgers hit a bump in the road, as Illinois beat them 24-23 and #3 Ohio State hammered them 38-7. Then Wisconsin enjoyed four more wins, including two against top 25 teams, On November 9, Wisconsin beat #18 Iowa 24-22, and on November 30, they took down #8 Minnesota 38-17. After winning the Big Ten West, as noted, they lost to OSU on the conference title game.
Oregon Ducks vs Wisconsin Badgers – Stats
On defense, Wisconsin is holding teams to 293.5 defensive YPG. Oregon comes in at 329.6 YPG. The Badgers are keeping opponents to under 196 air and approximately 100 ground YPG. The Ducks are allowing opponents 222.8 passing and 106.8 rushing YPG.
Oregon at Wisconsin – Players
The Ducks get must of their offensive production from the pass, while the Badgers rely more on the run. Both defenses are solid. Although Oregon has some very impressive players on D, the Badgers seen to possess some gargantuan talents.
The Duck defense has performed at a high level, recording 41 sacks, 19 INTs, and 52 PD. They’ve also forced seven fumbles, recovering four. The unit has scored three TDs. Freshman DE Kayvon Thibodeaux tops the team with nine sacks, while safety Jevon Holland and Verone McKinley III have four interceptions each.
The Wisconsin defense brings some very impressive stats to this contest. Those stats include 49 sacks, 65 PD, 11 INTs, and 14 FF. They’ve recovered 10 fumbles running two in for scores. The D also has returned two interceptions for scores. LBs Chris Orr and Zack Baun have recorded 11.5 and 12.5 sacks respectively. Safety Eric Burrell has defended six passes, grabbed three interceptions, and forced and recovered two fumbles.
Five Keys to the Game
In creating our 2020 Rose Bowl pick, we see the following as being the keys to this contest:
Our 2020 Rose Bowl Pick
Our 2020 Rose Bowl pick can see this game going either way. But the fact is the Badgers have some weapons for which the Dicks may not have an answer. The Wisconsin rush attack will be difficult to stop. You may say the same thing about the Oregon passing game. However, the Badgers bring both a daunting pass rush and an top-notch secondary to this game. We’re taking Wisconsin at -3.0. We like the under.