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Hurricanes and Badgers getting set for Saturday night Orange Bowl showdown

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Jeremy Brevard)

The Miami Hurricanes and Wisconsin Badgers will be going head to head on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium from the Orange Bowl. Both teams are now officially in position getting ready for this big time match up.

For Miami the lengthy 20 minute commute to the team hotel certainly came and went without much fanfare. However for Wisconsin they were delayed a little leaving Madison. It was 8 degrees with some snow and the plane needed some defrosting before take off which kept the Badgers from leaving on the scheduled time. Well they arrived in Miami and are all thawed out getting ready to play the Hurricanes.

For Wisconsin this is their first ever appearance in the Orange Bowl. They come in with their only loss occurring in the Big Ten championship game against Ohio State. Last season the Badgers beat Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl.

Miami will be looking to close the second year of the Mark Richt era with second straight bowl win. Also it would be a great end to a year which closed out rough with two losses to Pitt and Clemson respectively.

As for Wisconsin, they have some South Florida connections on their roster who will  likely be harassed for tickets this week. Here’s the list of players via the Miami Herald. 

Wisconsin features nine players from the state of Florida, including five from Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Among the most prominent is Boyd Anderson alum Derrick Tindal, a corner who’s notched two interceptions this year and also returns kicks. Wideout George Rushing (Cardinal Gibbons), corner Faion Hicks (Flanagan) and corner Dontye Carriere-Williams (St.Thomas Aquinas) form the rest of UW’s South Florida contingent along with junior wideout Paul Jackson, a Miami Gardens native who played high school football in Ohio.

We will get more into the game’s breakdown throughout the week, but it’s official Orange Bowl week is in full swing.

 

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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