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Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz (5) passes against Minnesota during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Graham Mertz will look to cement his grasp on Wisconsin’s starting quarterback job heading into next season and help the Badgers avoid their first losing season since 2001 on Wednesday against Wake Forest in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.

The highly touted redshirt freshman started the season strong, completing 20 of 21 passes for 248 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns passes in a 45-7 win over Illinois in his first start. He added two more TDs in a win over Michigan.

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