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On, Wisconsin: Cheese, custard, Clowney alert figure into Gamecocks' bowl foe

Posted: 12/11/2013 08:00 p.m.
Updated: 12/12/2013 10:42 a.m.


By Gene Sapakoff

Football fans from Wisconsin Dells to Hilton Head know that Wisconsin is famous for cheese, beer, brats, "Happy Days" and Lambeau Field. But did you know Wisconsin is undefeated in the Capital One Bowl?

That the Badgers have produced two Heisman Trophy winners?

That Sturgeon Bay, Beaver Dam and Baraboo are actual towns?

Portable knowledge about Wisconsin - the university, the state, the South Carolina Gamecocks' Capital One Bowl foe on Jan. 1 in Orlando:

Bowl history

Wisconsin is 11-13 in bowl games.

</URL>Against SEC teams: 2-6

Capital One Bowl: 2-0 (Auburn in 2006, Arkansas in 2007)

"We definitely want to make a statement," Wisconsin senior nose guard Beau Allen said upon learning of the matchup with South Carolina. "We have a really talented senior class that has a lot of wins over the past four or five years, but we kind of failed to get it done in the postseason, and we know that, so we want to go out on top."

Sharp cheddar contrast

South Carolina Wisconsin

Fishing Salt/fresh Ice/cold

"Down South" Home Chicago

Beach vacation Pawleys Island Lake Superior

Cheese Grits 24/7

Dance Shag Polka

Famed architect Steve Spurrier Frank Lloyd Wright

Snack Boiled peanuts Frozen custard

Best win at Missouri at Iowa

Worst loss at Tennessee Penn State

Clowney Factor

Wisconsin tight end Brian Wozniak was asked Sunday if he has seen the Outback Bowl highlight in which South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney knocks Michigan running back Vincent Smith's helmet into space.

"Yes," Wozniak said. "Every day on SportsCenter."

Clowney also recovered a fumble on the play.

"When you watch that play, the first thing you see is you've got to block the guy," Wozniak said. "The two Michigan offensive guys, they kind of, I don't know if it's just miscommunication or what, (but) they just didn't block him."

Cream puffs

By far the most popular item each summer at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis. More than 380,000 famed Original Cream Puffs were sold at the fair this year, celebrating a tradition that dates to 1924.

By the way, Wisconsin had a few cream puffs on its schedule this year, including Tennessee Tech (48-0 win) and Massachusetts (45-0).

Wisconsin's best

Top players this season:

1. Chris Borland, senior linebacker (64 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 4 sacks)

2. Jared Abbrederis, senior wide receiver (73 catches, 1,051 yards, 7 TDs)

3. Ryan Groy, senior guard, coaches first-team All-Big Ten

4. James White, senior running back, 1,337 yards rushing, 13 TDs, 37 catches

5. Melvin Gordon, senior running back, 1,466 yards rushing, 12 TDs, 1 catch

Best players ever:

1. Ron Dayne, running back, 1999 Heisman Trophy winner

2. Alan Ameche, fullback, 1954 Heisman Trophy winner

3. Joe Thomas, tackle, first-team All-American in 2005 and 2006

4. Montee Ball, running back, 2011 Heisman finalist

5. Tim Krumrie, nose guard, 1981 All-American, All-Big Ten three times

Weather forecast

Average Jan. 1 temperature in Orlando: 70

In Charleston: 59

In Madison, Wis.: 27

Ties that bind

Darius Rucker doesn't play the "On, Wisconsin" fight song. But sports fans in South Carolina and Wisconsin have some things in common.

Thirteen former Gamecocks have played for the Green Bay Packers, including Hall of Fame candidate Sterling Sharpe.

Charleston native Gorman Thomas hit 208 of his 268 big-league home runs for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Former Porter-Gaud basketball star Khris Middleton plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Bucky, other Badgers

Bucky is Wisconsin's creatively attired (human) mascot, a play on the "Badger State" motto. The nickname isn't about a tenacious animal but, according to the official Badger line, "rather from an association with lead miners in the 1820s. Without shelter in the winter, the miners had to 'live like Badgers' in tunnels burrowed into hillsides."