Despite allowing 449 yards in a 27-21 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game, the Badgers are still No. 1 nationally in total defense and rank in the top five among FBS teams in scoring defense (T-third), rushing defense (second) and passing defense (fourth). UW allowed four plays of 50-plus yards against the Buckeyes, more than it had given up in the entire regular season, but Miami’s offense doesn’t expect to be quite as explosive as Ohio State’s. Quarterback Malik Rosier (above) does present a dual-threat challenge. He’s completed 54.8 percent of his passes for 2,917 yards with 25 touchdowns and 11 interceptions while also rushing for 427 yards and five more scores. The Hurricanes don’t have a 1,000-yard rusher or receiver, but sophomore Travis Homer gained 902 yards and scored seven touchdowns on just 151 carries while also proving to be a threat in the passing game.
EDGE | UW
KEY STAT | RED ZONE
UW opponents’ 30.3 percent touchdown rate in the red zone is the lowest in the country by more than 8 percent. While Miami ranks 11th in red-zone scoring percentage, the Hurricanes only find the end zone on 58.54 percent of trips, which ranks 83rd among FBS teams.