The Badgers have now arrived at Friday of Game Week and their matchup with TCU is nearly here. However, there are still a few things to do before kickoff.
It all starts on Friday morning as head coach Bret Bielema conducts a press conference at 8:30 a.m. (PT). Then at noon, Bielema, John Moffitt, Gabe Carimi and Bill Nagy are set to take part in the Kickoff Luncheon in Parking Lot K at Rose Bowl Stadium.
The rest of the team then joins the aforementioned players at Rose Bowl Stadium at 2 p.m. for the team photo. The photo session lasts for an hour and a half before the team leaves for an hour practice at 4 p.m.
It's a busy Thursday on tap for the Wisconsin football team. Things start early as the entire team and coaching staff takes part in the Rose Bowl's Media Day at 9:30 a.m. (PT). The entire session lasts for 30 minutes.
The team is then off until 1:30 p.m. when it has a 12-period practice at the Home Depot Center. Upon leaving the practice field, the Badgers are traveling to the famous Santa Monica Pier for the pep rally known as the "Party at the Pier" from 3-5 p.m.
Rain was in the forecast on Wednesday and early on in the day it looked like it was going to be a soggy practice as the rain came down all morning. Luckily for the Badgers, practice saw little to no precipitation at the Home Depot Center. Though the rain stayed away, the winds did not.
Temperatures seemed to hover anywhere between the low 50s and low 60s depending on whether the wind was blowing or whether the sun was behind the clouds. The winds remained pretty steady during the 16-period practice, though gusts were estimated up to 30 miles per hour. The team endured though and then headed off to donate their time to a trio of good causes.
The weather has been nearly perfect so far on the Badgers' trip to Pasadena, but that is expected to come to an end on Wednesday as rain is in the forecast. The team is scheduled for an 18-period practice at 1:45 (PT) at the Home Depot Center.
Before that happens, defensive coordinator Dave Doeren, J.J. Watt, Culmer St. Jean, Blake Sorensen, Jay Valai and Aaron Henry are all taking part in a news conference at 9 a.m. (PT).
After practice, UW is going to spend the rest of the afternoon doing community service at the Boys and Girls Club, Five Acres (an organization that helps vulnerable children and families) and a local children's hospital.
The Wisconsin football team heads back to the practice field on Tuesday for a 22-period session at the Home Depot Center at 1 p.m. (PT). The team has been on field turf the first two days of practice due to wet field conditions on the grass fields, but the team is hoping the grass fields will have dried out by tomorrow to allow them to get out there and better simulate the grass field of Rose Bowl Stadium.
After the Badgers' practice is over, the team heads directly to the Lawry's Beef Bowl where the team will take part in the 55th installment of the event.
Stay tuned to UWBadgers.com for complete coverage.
I just returned from the Home Depot Center where the Badgers wrapped up their second practice here in California.
The team went for 22 periods in full pads under beautiful conditions. The sun was shining brightly all day and temperatures hovered between the mid-60s and low 70s. Linebacker Culmer St. Jean (from Naples, Fla.) said it wasn't hot at all, while running back John Clay (from Racine, Wis.) remarked that he could use a breeze or something.
Head coach Bret Bielema said the practice was similar to that of a normal Tuesday. It was a longer practice where the players were expected to up their effort. The team went through normal scout work, while also practicing on special teams and other phases of the game.
The highlight came at the end of practice though, as the Badgers were greeted by special guest speaker, Tommy Lasorda. The former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers spoke to the team for about five minutes sharing anecdotes and offering advice. His biggest piece of advice to the guys was to execute. If they executed, Lasorda said, they should have success.
And Lasorda should know, he's spoken to the Badgers' previous three Rose Bowl teams, sporting a 3-0 record.
The players are on an organized team outing tonight but are back at it tomorrow.
After a busy first full day in Los Angeles, things quiet down for the Wisconsin football team on Monday.
The team had a practice and a trip to Disneyland on Sunday, but Monday is highlighted by a 22-period practice beginning at 12:45 p.m. (PT). After practice, the players will then shoot their individual headshots that will appear on the video board during the Rose Bowl.
At night, the players have an organized team outing to wrap up the day.
Check back to UWBadgers.com tomorrow for updates as well as interviews from members of the Wisconsin offense.