The final College Football Playoff rankings pegged the Badgers (12–1) as the No. 6 team in the country. With Ohio State missing the playoff at No. 5, Wisconsin will head to the Orange Bowl and face the No. 10 Miami Hurricanes (10–2).
The Orange Bowl is scheduled for Dec. 30, 7 p.m. CT., at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. This will be the second consecutive season the Badgers play in a New Year’s Six Bowl. Wisconsin defeated Western Michigan in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl to cap the 2016 season.
Miami started the season off hot and worked its way up to No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, but lost its regular-season finale to Pitt and was then blown out by No. 1 Clemson in a 38–3 ACC Championship Game loss on Saturday night. The Hurricanes, however, have re-emerged under the guidance of former Georgia head coach Mark Richt.
Wisconsin finished No. 6 in the final playoff rankings released on Sunday. The Badgers’ loss to Ohio State on Saturday night doomed their playoff hopes, though the committee wasn’t impressed enough with the Buckeyes to put them into the playoff. Perhaps it was Ohio State’s 31-point loss to Iowa or its status as a two-loss team, but Alabama received the final playoff spot at No. 4. Ohio State will play No. 8 USC in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29.
Wisconsin and Miami have faced each other four times, with each program winning two games. The most recent match-up was in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl, when the Badgers defeated the Hurricanes 20–14.
Stay tuned to B5Q—we’ll have much more on the match-up with Miami throughout the week.