There wont be a lot of trickery when South Carolina and Wisconsin meet in the Capital One Bowl.
If the No. 8 Gamecocks stop the run, theyll win. If they dont, the No. 19 Badgers will win. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney thinks they will.
I think we are going to go out there and do well and stop the run and win the game, Clowney said Tuesday after the Gamecocks practice.
The Badgers have the nations eighth-best running game with two backs Melvin Gordon and James White who have amassed more than 1,300 yards each on the ground. Wisconsin is averaging 283 rushing yards per game.
Thats what Big Ten football is all about big physical guys coming off the ball and road-grading people. So thats what they are known for, South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles said.
Quarles compared Wisconsins running game to the 2012 LSU team. Clowney thinks the Badgers offense looks a lot like Arkansas, which makes sense because Razorbacks coach Bret Bielema coached the Badgers last year.
We are ready for it, Quarles said. We have played teams that run the ball week in and week out.
The Gamecocks have the countrys No. 32 rushing defense (second in the SEC) and are allowing 142.3 rushing yards per game. Wisconsin has played two ranked teams this season and averaged 167 rushing yards in those games.
I feel like if we go out there focused and play the scheme, we are going to be perfectly fine, Quarles said.
Back to work
Tuesday was South Carolinas first practice of its bowl mini-camp. The Gamecocks will practice every day through Sunday and then break for the holidays before reconvening in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 26.
I felt like we came out here with a purpose today, Quarles said. Usually when you come out for bowl practice its a lot of goofing off and playing around, but we came out here and we took care of business.
The Gamecocks are coming off their second straight 10-2 regular season.
We celebrated a little longer for the Clemson win, but thats because we didnt have a game the next week, Hampton said. It felt good to get back out here.
Junior cornerback Victor Hampton still plans to enter the NFL draft following the Capital One Bowl, but those plans arent set in stone, he said Tuesday. Hampton has submitted paperwork to the NFLs underclassmen advisory committee asking for his draft potential.
If something comes back and its not what I like, then I can come back to school, he said. If its first round, second round, then sorry guys, but if its third or fourth I will have to sit down and really think about that decision.