Can the Wisconsin Badgers pull off the ultimate upset in Pasadena?

Big Ten Championship - Nebraska v Wisconsin

Story-lines run thick in the 99th installment of the Rose Bowl between the #8 Stanford Cardinal and Wisconsin Badgers.

The Badgers are playing in their third straight Rose Bowl and look to hall-of-fame coach Barry Alvarez to improve upon his perfect 3-0 record in Pasasdena.

Stanford enters the game on a three-game streak in BCS Bowls (Fiesta in 2011 and Orange in 2010) as well and is perhaps one of the hottest teams in the country with their last four wins coming against ranked opponents.

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Wisconsin is going back to Cali for a third straight Rose Bowl

With credit to the late Notorious B.I.G., the Wisconsin Badgers are going, going, back, back to Cali after demolishing the Nebraska Cornhuskers 70-31 in the Big Ten Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The 70 points the Badgers (8-5) scored are tied for the second most in the modern era in school-history and tied for the most ever in a conference championship game (Texas had 70 in 2005).

UW’s three-headed monster is back and fiercer than ever as Montee Ball, James White and Melvin Gordon combined for 539 yards rushing and nine total touchdowns.

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Wisconsin Badgers’ New Rose Bowl Uniforms (Photos)

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Yesterday saw the unveiling of the special edition Adidas college football uniforms that the Wisconsin Badgers will wear for the 98th Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 2.

The new look is inspired by the grand old tradition of the Rose Bowl and the school’s back-to-back trips to “the Granddaddy of them all.” The white and red uniform features a “Battle Rose” design, including rose petal graphics within the jersey numbers, Motion W helmet logo and stripes, adidas TechFit compression base layer and adizero gloves.

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Rose Bowl Bound Wisconsin Badgers Offense is Highly Decorated

 

 

 

 

 

 

The addition of transfer quarterback Russell Wilson and blossoming of running back Montee Ball has transformed what was a very good Wisconsin Badgers offense into the most prolific unit in school history.

This season, the Badgers have scored touchdowns on 61 of their 70 trips to the redzone (.871), including a perfect 5-of-5 in the Big Ten Championship win over the Spartans.

What makes UW’s accomplishments even crazier is the fact that they’ve played five of their games against defenses ranked in the top 20 in the nation (two against third ranked Michigan State).
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Wisconsin Smells the Roses With 42-39 Win Over the Spartans (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the second consecutive year, the Wisconsin Badgers are headed back to Pasadena to represent the Big Ten in the BCS Rose Bowl. The inaugural Big Ten Championship and 42-39 win over the Michigan State Spartans was a game for the ages.

It included a ton of offense (816 total yards), multiple lead changes (three to be exact) and a questionable play at the end of the game (did Badgers punter Brad Nortman flop?).
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Wisconsin Routs Penn State to Earn Place in Big Ten Championship (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The play-in game for the Big Ten Championship was never really that close as the #16 Wisconsin Badgers routed #19 Penn State, 45-7, in front of a packed house at Camp Randall on Senior Night. The Badgers (10-2, 6-2) will now represent the Leaders Division against a surging Michigan State team who has won eight of their last nine.

QB Russell Wilson and RB Montee Ball proved to both be worthy of the all-mighty Heisman as both players either tied or broke NCAA records on Saturday afternoon.

Following the game, UW’s Head Coach Bret Bielema said “I think we can play with anyone in the country, regardless of conference or ranking.”
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Badgers J.J. Watt Wins 2010 Lott Impact Trophy


Best senior quarterback (Scott Tolzien and 2010 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award), best offensive lineman (Gabe Carimi and 2010 Outland Trophy Award) and now the best defensive player in the country as the Badgers’ defensive end J.J. Watt was named the 2010 Lott Impact Trophy Award Winner on Sunday Night.

Watt has had a monster year while accumulating 21 tackles for loss, seven sacks, eight passes broken up, ten quarterback hurries and three blocked kicks.

The other three finalists for the Lott Impact award were Texas defensive lineman Sam Acho, Oregon linebacker Casey Matthews (Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews brother) and LSU cornerback Patrick Patterson.

By: Nick Grays

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Wisconsin Badgers Are Rose Bowl Bound


With a 70-23 trouncing of the Northwestern Wildcats, the Rose Bowl committee has seen enough. They should and most likely will invite the Wisconsin Badgers to the 2011 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA.

An invitation would mark the Badgers’ first trip to the elite New Year’s Day Bowl since beating Stanford 17-9 in the 2000 Rose Bowl. Ironically enough, the Badgers may face off with #6 Stanford who appear to be a legitimate at-large option for a BCS bowl this season.

By: Nick Grays

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