National Funding Holiday Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers (9-3) vs. USC Trojans (8-5)
Time: 7:30 P.T.
TV: ESPN/ WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN 710
Wisconsin Notes from Athletic Department
USC Notes from Athletic Department
From "Players to watch":
"#86 WR Alex Erickson: Erickson will not be the fastest or biggest receiver the Trojans' secondary has seen this year but he is still a great wideout. The second team All-Big Ten wideout possesses the ability to get open due to his crisp route running. Erickson is Stave's favorite target, catching 72 balls for 924 yards and three touchdowns. What I like about Erickson is that he's more than a "possession receiver" as he can catch the ball and gain additional yards with his quickness. Erickson plays with the mentality that he's going to out work any player on the field, so it will be best if Iman Marshall and Adoree Jackson locks in on the film this week."
From "Keys to a Holiday Bowl victory":
"Cody Kessler will have to use his arm and big-time in receiver in JuJu Smith as safety Michael Caputo and the secondary allow only 169yds/game. Newly hired offensive coordinator Tee Martin will have to call a series of plays that allow the running game to open up and set up one-on-one coverage against these corners. If Kessler can keep Caputo on his heels and this secondary physically tired, USC will have a great night on offense. Davis and Jones II need to make linebackers miss, as they have the speed and cutting ability to break the game open early for the Trojans. USC will have to convert on third down successfully to keep drives alive, tire out the defense, and create better chances at scoring."