The final day of college football bowl season, outside of the National Championship Game, is set for the first day of the New Year, with a few bowl games on tap prior to the playoffs. There are some big games to come before we reach that final day, and there are few bigger than the Orange Bowl, which is set to go on Saturday night. These bowl games are usually played on neutral venues, but there are times when a team ends up landing in their home field, which very often swings things in their favor. That is exactly what we are getting with the Orange Bowl, with the Miami Hurricanes getting to play the Wisconsin Badgers in what essentially amounts to an extra home game. This is one of the better match-ups of the bowl season, as both of these teams were in the playoff hunt until the last two weeks of the regular season. Both will be disappointed at being here instead of the playoffs, but both will want to end the season on a high. According to the latest NCAAF odds, the Badgers are a -4.5 point favorite, with the point total set at 45.

2017 Orange Bowl Wisconsin vs Miami Preview, NCAAF Odds & More

When: Saturday, December 30 at 8 PM EST
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
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Wisconsin Badgers -4.5

Why bet on the Wisconsin Badgers

The Wisconsin Badgers spent the majority of the season sitting outside the top 4 despite going unbeaten through their first 12 games. The knock on them was that they did not have a particularly tough schedule to negotiate, but it was also a given that they would be in the playoffs if they could win the Big 10 Championship Game.

The bad news for the Badgers was that they hey saw they playoffs dreams vanished after going down 27-21 to the Ohio State Buckeyes in the big game, dropping down to #6 in the process. It still has to be a little galling to only lose one game all year and still not be part of the playoffs. This team is either going to come into this game with a chip on their shoulder and something to prove or they are going to still be a bit of a sulk. The Badgers defense was outstanding, surrendering just 13 PPG this season. That allowed them to go 8-5 ATS and 7-6 O/U.

Why bet on the Miami Hurricanes

The Miami Hurricanes have a wonderful season in their second year under coach Mark Richt, but a stunning loss to Pitt on the final week of the regular season hurt them. A 38-3 thumping at the hands of the Clemson Tigers the following week in the ACC Championship Game was the final nail in the coffin of a great season. The Hurricanes rode their luck all season long, winning a lot of games late and relying heavily on a defense that led the nation in timely turnovers. You always felt that their luck was going to run out, which is exactly what happened in those final two weeks. The Hurricanes had some offensive woes in the regular season, but that defense was great, giving up less than 20 PPG. Miami went 5-7 ATS, but the big money with this team came with playing the UNDER, as they were 2-10 O/U this season.

Miami Hurricanes

Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction

I am a little concerned about the state of mind of the Hurricanes coming into this game, although they may get a lift from a partisan home crow. I still think they come up short, which is why I am taking the Badgers to win and cover, with the point total going OVER.

Predicted Score: Wisconsin Badgers 27 Miami Hurricanes 21