As the clock ticks down in San Diego to kickoff of the Holiday Bowl on Wednesday night, the game planning is ramping up and the Badgers know one thing for certain, they do not want to get locked up in a shootout with this high-powered USC offense.
The Trojans are led by one of the better quarterbacks in the country. Senior Cody Kessler entered the season as a Heisman candidate. He wasn't able to match last year's ridiculous numbers but still ranked 21st in the country in passing yards and 13th in passing touchdowns with 28 to go along with just six interceptions.
Kessler has some play-makers to throw to as well including Ju-Ju Smith-Schuster, who has nearly 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns receiving.
"These are the types of games you wish for, especially as a defensive back. They're going to throw the ball up in the air and give us some chances to go make some plays," said Badgers cornerback Darius Hillary.
"It's an explosive offense. It's a team that can put up a lot of points and a team that you're going to have to bring your 'A' game with. So, as a defense and as a team overall, we're very accepting of the challenge. We understand it's going to be fun," said Badgers defensive back Sojourn Shelton.
The Trojans also have a trio of good running backs and a solid offensive line, although USC left one of it's starting tackles home due to disciplinary issues.
-Story courtesy of Lance Veeser, WKOW