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Three bowl games that could come down to defensive struggles

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The college football bowl season is right around the corner and while there are those that can’t wait to see some of the high-flying offenses go head-to-head in some shootouts, there are also those that appreciate the low-scoring battles as some of the top defenses go up against one another to prove they can get the job done. There are a number of games that will involve plenty of yards and plenty of points, but here are three online bookie software bowl games that will likely come down to defensive struggles, and with the help of's sportsbook software you can make the right choices.

Sun Bowl

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. #17 UCLA Bruins

A loss to Arizona State in their second-last game of the regular season prevented the Bruins from doing more in the PAC-12, but they still finished second in the South division, and 17th in the AP rankings. Now, UCLA gets its chance to bring home some postseason hardware with the Sun Bowl on New Years eve, and they are matched up in what could come down to a battle of defenses against Virginia Tech.

The Bruins gave up an average of just over 24 points against some quality PAC-12 opposition this year, but they finished in the nation’s top-40 in sacks and brought in 12 interceptions. The Hokies had a winning season in the ACC thanks to a defense that ranked eighth in the nation with an average of 17.4 points per game allowed, and their 37 sacks tied them with Texas for ninth-most in the country.

Capital One Bowl

#19 Wisconsin Badgers vs. #9 South Carolina Gamecocks

The Citrus Bowl in Florida will host two teams that love to run the football for this year’s Capital One Bowl, and it won’t be a surprise at all if this game comes down to which defense does the better job defending the run. Mike Davis has been one of the better running backs in college football all year for South Carolina, but he goes up against a defense that should be ready for him on the Wisconsin side of the football. Meanwhile, the Badgers owned the eighth-ranked rushing attack in the nation thanks to the tandem of Melvin Gordon and James White, and the Gamecocks will need to slow them down in order to have any shot at winning this game.

Rose Bowl

#5 Stanford Cardinal vs. #4 Michigan State Spartans

No bowl game will better feature a defensive struggle than this year’s Rose Bowl, which pits the Big Ten champion Michigan State Spartans against the PAC-12 champion Stanford Cardinal. Michigan State’s defense held up well and did just enough to help them get past Ohio State and end the Buckeyes’ undefeated run in the Big Ten Championship game, thus how they arrived here.

Meanwhile, Stanford upset the high-flying Oregon Ducks for the second-straight season, holding an offense that averages just over 46 points per game to 20 in a 26-20 win. Both of these teams are tough up front and now how to defend at all three levels, and the lack of offense on both sides will only add to the defensive struggle in this one as neither team wants to be the one that breaks.



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