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Governors place bet on bowl gameSubmitted: 12/31/2013
Story By Associated Press

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA - More than pride will be on the line when the Wisconsin Badgers play the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made a friendly wager with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Walker bet beer, brats and cheese.

Haley is betting some barbecue and beer that the Gamecocks will win.

The Gamecocks play the Badgers in the Capitol One Bowl in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday.

Haley says she's confident the Gamecocks will end their season with a win.

South Carolina is ranked Number 8.

Wisconsin is ranked 19th.

Walker says the Badgers are up to the challenge, and he's confident they'll come out ahead.

(Copyright 2013 Associated Press - All Rights Reserved)


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