It’s a classic matchup of the Big Ten and Pac-12 as Wisconsin and Arizona State clash in the Las Vegas Bowl at Allegiant Stadium. The Las Vegas Bowl began in 1992, but was not played last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s game will be a historic one, as it’s the first time that a Big Ten team will appear.
The Pac-12 has a long history with the bowl, with Oregon being the first Pac-12 school to play in it, winning the 1997 Las Vegas Bowl 41-13 over Air Force. Arizona State will be the 19th appearance for the Pac-12 and the third appearance for the Sun Devils, which last played in the game in 2018 when they lost to Fresno State 31-20. Arizona State comes into this year’s game after a second-place finish in the Pac-12 South. The Sun Devils went 8-4 overall and 6-3 in conference play and come into the game having won three of their last four.
Wisconsin is also 8-4 overall and 6-3 in conference play, rebounding from a slow start to the year. The Badgers began the season with a 1-3 record, but all three losses came to teams that were ranked at the time (Penn State, Notre Dame and Michigan). The Badgers recovered with a seven-game win streak that came to an end with a 23-13 loss to rival Minnesota during the final week of the regular season.
This will be the first meeting between the schools since Arizona State beat Wisconsin 32-30 during the 2013 season. Arizona State leads the all-time series 3-1.
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