Rose Bowl was first played in 1902 as the East-West football tournament, making it the oldest bowl game in the country. It has been played every year since 1916, which what gave fast popularity, according to some historical records.
Today, Rose Bowl is played on the 1st day of every year, unless the day falls on a Sunday, in which case the bowl would be played on the 2nd. This year will be no different. This year’s bowl will feature two powerful teams, Wisconsin against Oregon, a detail that makes the game super enthralling to watch.
Oregon makes its 8th appearance in the bowl, the last one being in 2015 while Wisconsin will be making its 19th appearance in the bowl, with the last one being in 2013. The two teams have faced each other before in the Rose Bowl in 2012. Oregon beat Wisconsin 45-38.
Oddsmakers have not being left behind in picking odds for the match which is to be played at 5 pm ET. According to one new article posted on the Casino.org website, is that oddsmakers have picked Wisconsin as their favorite over Oregon. Of cause
Both teams are considered to have the strongest defenses in the country. Oddsmakers have ranked Wisconsin at number 10 with 16.1 points and Oregon at number 9 with 15.7 points. The speculated over/under points for the game is 51.5. The Moneyline odds for Oregon is at +125 while that of Wisconsin is at -145.
About 10,000 computer simulations of the Rose Bowl have been run by the ESPN Football Power Index. The simulations show that Oregon has a 53.9 percent higher chance of winning against Wisconsin. However, the bettors have decided not to believe the simulations but instead follow their intuition that Wisconsin has better chances of winning. This off cause leaves the fans who also bet hanging because the situation seems not to give a clear-cut hint of what to expect.
Wisconsin has suffered several loses recently. It lost two times to a football team from Ohio, the Buckeyes. It also lost at a game in Illinois. Despite this, it has three wins against was ranked in the College Football Playoff.
On the other hand, Oregon has had an easier time. It had a win against a team from Utah that finished at number 11. It lost its chance to secure a playoff spot after losing 31-28 at Arizona State. Oregon will have a hard task during the game. It will be facing Wisconsin’s toughest defender Jonathan Taylor. This season, Taylor is 91 yards shy of 2000 yards for a consecutive season. This is a record that was last seen with Troy Davis of Iowa State.
It was expected Taylor would sit out the game. However, in a statement, Taylor said that the team had worked to be there and it was only right that he be there to see it through. Oregon’s defense will feature Thomas Graham who said that’s it is just about how you and pursue tackle the ball.