The University of Miami Hurricanes, which suffered a humiliating 38-3 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship game on Saturday night, will play Wisconsin in Big Ten at the Orange Bowl on December 30. The official announcement is expected around 3 p.m. Sunday.
The Playoff University Football Domino began to fall early on Sunday afternoon when the selection committee announced its four semifinalists: Clemson (12-1), Oklahoma (12-1), Georgia (12-1), Alabama (11-1).
That news had a direct impact on the hurricanes. There was a chance they would have faced Crimson Tide at the Orange Bowl, as newly crowned Big Ten Ohio State champion took that fourth place in the semifinal. The Orange Bowl is bound by contract to take the highest-ranked non-playoff team in the ACC and the highest-ranked non-elimination team and not the Big Ten or Southeastern Conference or Notre Dame champion.
Wisconsin (12-1, 9-0 Big Ten) conforms to that law, since it is number 6 in the final ranking of the CFP, just behind Ohio State. The Badgers were undefeated and ranked No. 4 before losing 27-21 to the Buckeyes in their conference championship on Saturday.
The Badgers and Hurricanes (10-2) have played four times, most recently at the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando. The Canes, who ranked 15th, lost 20-14 to the 25 Badgers forks. The other memorable news of that rainy game was that Graig Cooper broke the anterior cruciate ligament during a kick kick, as the wet field was in poor condition.