When: Dec. 30, 7:00 p.m. CT
Where: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Fla.
The 83rd installment of the Orange Bowl will be about redemption.
No. 6 Wisconsin fell short against Ohio State in the Big 10 Championship Game, 27-21. The 10th-ranked Miami Hurricanes lost two straight after starting the season 10-0, including a 38-3 embarrassment at the hands of Clemson in the ACC title game. Nearly a month will have passed since those games when the Badgers and Hurricanes take the field in Hard Rock Stadium.
But this game will also be about a contrast in styles.
Wisconsin’s run-heavy offense and stifling, workmanlike defense battles Miami’s flashy playmaking, headlined by the infamous Turnover Chain. It will be a chance for the Hurricanes to play in their home stadium, offering what should be a raucous environment that will provide a possible advantage for Miami.
Players to watch In the Orange Bowl
Miami DB Jaquan Johnson: The junior donned the Turnover Chain more than anyone else, recording four interceptions and two fumble recoveries this season. Badger quarterback Alex Hornibrook tossed 15 picks in 13 games this season, meaning Johnson will be licking his chops for a chance to wear the chain once again. If the Hurricane rush defense can slow down freshman star running back Jonathan Taylor, look for Johnson to lead the Miami secondary and take advantage.
Wisconsin TE Troy Fumagalli: He is Hornibrook’s top target and safety net after an injury ended sophomore receiver Quintez Cephus’ season in November. The big guy, standing 6’6” and weighing 248 pounds, will serve as a match-up problem for Miami’s aggressive defense that must focus on stopping the run.
How To Watch The 2017 Orange Bowl
Cord-cutters who are anxious for some college football have plenty of options to watch the game. Here are you options if you want to watch the Orange Bowl without cable.
You can get ESPN in DirecTV Now’s basic “Live A Little” package, which costs $35 a month. Try the service Free For 7 Days.
Hulu Live offers ESPN as part of its live TV service, priced at $39.99 a month. They offer a free trial to anyone who wants to try out Hulu Live.
PlayStation Vue’s more expensive packages feature loads of sports channels, but the cheapest “Access” package provides ESPN coverage at $39.99/month. The service offers a five-day trial period.
ESPN is available in Sling TV’s Orange service, which offers 30 channels for $20 a month. You can give the service a try with the 7-Day Free Trial they offer.