The Wisconsin Badgers finished the 2020 regular season with an 8-4 overall record, including going 6-3 in Big Ten Conference play.
The Badgers accepted the invitation to play the Arizona State Sun Devils (8-4, 6-3) in the SRS Distribution Las Vegas Bowl on Thursday, December 30th with kickoff set for 9:30 PM (Central Time). No PAC-12 refs allowed in the building!!!
This will be the fifth meeting all-time between Wisconsin and Arizona State. The Sun Devils lead the all-time series 3-1, with wins coming in 1967, 1968 and 2013. The Badgers lone win in the series was a 20-19 win in 2010.
The 2013 game ended in a disaster from the referees. We haven’t forgotten!
While this isn’t the most prestigious bowl that Wisconsin could have gone to, it’s an excellent location against an opponent that UW owes one to.
Wisconsin Director of Athletics Chris McIntosh said: “We are very excited to be the inaugural Big Ten team to play in the Las Vegas Bowl. Our fans have a great tradition of support in Vegas, even as recently as a couple weeks ago when our men’s basketball team won the Maui Invitational.”
As I mentioned earlier, kickoff is set for 9:30 PM (Central Time), which gives everyone a chance to enjoy a few pregame beverages and dinner before the game even kicks off.
Arizona State didn’t really have any “impressive” wins, outside of maybe UCLA.
Sun Devils quarterback Jayden Daniels is a duel-threat player who racked up a bunch of total yards (2,222 passing yards, 670 rushing yards) and running back Rachaad White rushed for 1,006 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Devils averaged 29.7 points per game. ASU’s defense is above average and proved at times to be fairly tough to score against.
I obviously have a lot more time to do a detailed write up on this matchup with a prediction, but it’s time to get revenge for Joel Stave!