The Oregon Ducks (11-2) travel to Pasadena on New Year’s Day to battle the Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) in the 2020 Rose Bowl. Kickoff is set for 5:00 PM EST on January 1st at Rose Bowl Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Wisconsin is currently listed as a 3-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 51 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Rose Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Oregon vs Wisconsin
Wisconsin saw their four game winning streak come to an end their last time out, falling 34-21 in the BIG 10 Championship Game to drop to 10-3 on the season overall. The Badgers jumped out to an early 21-7 lead in the first half but completely fell apart over the final two quarters of the game, getting outscored 27-0 by the Buckeyes down the stretch. QB Jack Coan went 17/33 for 232 passing yards but failed to find the end zone through the air while R RB Jonathan Taylor racked up 148 rushing yards and a touchdown on a team-high 20 carries. Quintez Cephus also chipped in, making seven catches for 122 receiving yards. Overall, Wisconsin averaged 35 points and almost 450 total yards of offense per game through their first 13 outings.
The Badgers were slightly above average on the other side of the ball this year, giving up just over 15 points and 290 total yards of offense per game. Wisconsin was especially impressive defending against the run, allowing only 102 rushing yards on a weekly basis.
Oregon reeled off back to back wins to close out the regular season, including a very impressive 37-15 win over Utah in the PAC-12 Championship Game. The Ducks scored 20 unanswered points in the first half and never looked back despite getting outscored 15-3 by the Utes in the third quarter. QB Justin Hebert went 14/26 for 193 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while RB CJ Verdell exploded for 208 rushing yards and three touchdowns on a team-high 18 carries. As a whole, Oregon averaged 36 points and just over 450 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
The Ducks were very strong defensively this year, limiting their opponents to 16 points and just under 350 total yards of offense per game. Oregon really did a fantastic job shutting down opposing offenses on the ground, surrendering under 110 rushing yards per outing.
2020 Rose Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: OVER 51
I really don’t have a strong lean against the spread with either side in this matchup, as either school could find to win this game outright. While Oregon had the better record straight up this year, the Badgers went a rock-solid 8-5 against the spread through their first 13 outings. I’m leaning just slightly towards laying the field goal and rolling the dice with Wisconsin, but with the spread moving from 2.5 points to 3, there really doesn’t appear to be a ton of value left. Therefore, the only play I’m really considering from the 2020 Rose Bowl is the OVER on 51 total points scored in what should be a very competitive battle.
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It is also important to note that these two teams have been involved in plenty of high scoring battles in recent years, as the total has now gone OVER in their last three meetings. The OVER has also come through in five out of Oregon’s last seven games overall as well. On the other side, the OVER has also hit in four out of Wisconsin’s last five outings. I’m going to avoid throwing darts against an efficient spread in favor of the OVER on 51 total points scored.