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Wisconsin Badgers vs LSU Tigers LIVE ReliaQuest Bowl on Monday 1/1/24

Wisconsin Badgers vs LSU Tigers LIVE ReliaQuest Bowl on Monday 1/1/24

The ReliaQuest Bowl in Tampa Bay on Monday afternoon will feature a matchup between two teams that have seen significant changes since the end of the regular season. No. 13 LSU (9-3) will take on Wisconsin (7-5) without Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels, who has opted out of the game to prepare for the NFL draft.

How to Watch Wisconsin Badgers vs LSU Tigers

  • Game Date: Jan. 1, 2024
  • Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
  • TV: ESPN2

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With Daniels out, sophomore Garrett Nussmeier will get his first collegiate start at quarterback for the Tigers. He completed 17-of-33 passes for 196 yards and a touchdown in spot duty this season. Logan Diggs is the leading remaining rusher with 652 yards and seven touchdowns, while receivers Malik Nabors (86 receptions, 1,546 yards, 14 touchdowns) and Brian Thomas Jr. (60 catches, 1,079 yards, 15 TDs) opted into the game.

Badgers Hit Hard by Departures

Wisconsin has also been hit hard by departures, with leading rusher Braelon Allen and starting center Tanor Bortolini opting out for the NFL draft. Wide receivers Chimere Dike and Skyler Bell and three defensive starters — lineman Rodas Johnson, linebacker Jordan Turner and cornerback Jason Maitre — are in the transfer portal.

Tanner Mordecai Leads the Badgers

Tanner Mordecai, who missed three games earlier this season with a broken hand, threw for 1,687 yards and six touchdowns. With Allen gone, Chez Mellusi is the Badgers’ top rusher with 307 yards and four touchdowns on 51 carries. Receiver Will Pauling had 66 receptions for 694 yards and four scores.

History Favors LSU

LSU is 3-1 all-time against Wisconsin, but the Badgers won the most recent meeting in a 16-14 decision at Lambeau Field in Green Bay to open the 2016 season.

Who Will Prevail?

Despite the depleted rosters on both sides, this game is still expected to be a competitive one. LSU has the edge in talent, but Wisconsin is a well-coached team that will not go down without a fight. It will be interesting to see how Nussmeier performs in his first start, and whether the Badgers can overcome the loss of Allen.

Prediction

I predict a close game, with LSU ultimately pulling out a victory by a score of 24-20.

LSU football schedule 2023

Date Opponent
Sunday, Sept. 3 Florida State 45, LSU 24
Saturday, Sept. 9 LSU 72, Grambling State 10
Saturday, Sept. 16 LSU 41, Mississippi State 14*
Saturday, Sept. 23 LSU 34, Arkansas 31*
Saturday, Sept. 30 Ole Miss 55, LSU 49*
Saturday, Oct. 7 LSU 49, Missouri 39*
Saturday, Oct. 14 LSU 48, Auburn 18*
Saturday, Oct. 21 LSU 62, Army 0
Saturday, Oct. 28 BYE
Saturday, Nov. 4 Alabama 48, LSU 42*
Saturday, Nov. 11 LSU 52, Florida 35*
Saturday, Nov. 18 LSU 56, Georgia State 14
Saturday, Nov. 25 LSU 42, Texas A&M 30*
Monday, Jan. 1 vs. Wisconsin (ReliaQuest Bowl, Tampa)

Wisconsin 2023 football schedule

 

Date, time Opponent
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2:30 p.m. Wisconsin 38, Buffalo 17
Saturday, Sept. 9 Washington State 31, Wisconsin 22
Saturday, Sept. 16 Wisconsin 35, Georgia Southern 14
Friday, Sept. 22 Wisconsin 38, Purdue 17*
Saturday, Oct. 7 Wisconsin 24, Rutgers 13*
Saturday, Oct. 14 Iowa 15, Wisconsin 6*
Saturday, Oct. 21 Wisconsin 25, Illinois 21*
Saturday, Oct. 28 Ohio State 24, Wisconsin 10*
Saturday, Nov. 4 Indiana 20, Wisconsin 14*
Saturday, Nov. 11 Northwestern 24, Wisconsin 10*
Saturday, Nov. 18 Wisconsin 24, Nebraska 17*
Saturday, Nov. 25 Wisconsin 28, Minnesota 14*
Monday, Jan. 1 vs. LSU (ReliaQuest Bowl, Tampa)
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