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Saturday, Jan. 1

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

For complete coverage of the Badgers' trip to Pasadena with photo galleries, video and blog updates, check out the Road to the Rose Bowl.

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 Morning Newsstand

"Just for grins, UW running back coach John Settle decided to expose his players to an old school tailback. So he retrieved a film projector - "It was hidden away in my basement'' - and set it up in his office at Camp Randall Stadium. A projector? With 16 mm film? You can imagine the reaction," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Settle showing his players the way

"It has admittedly been an emotional week for University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema. He got teary-eyed on a couple occasions during the last press conference of the week on Friday morning," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Bielema lets his emotions flow 
  • Madison.com: Before the game, head coaches put on their own show

Former UW player and Athletic Director Pat Richter gives his Rose Bowl memory.
  • Madison.com: My Rose Bowl memory: Pat Richter  |  5 things to watch

"One way to measure the growing prominence of the University of Wisconsin football program is the list of coaches coach Bret Bielema has heard from about the opening on his staff," Tom Mulhern and Tom Oates write in this notes column.
  • Madison.com: Bielema has a plan for D-coordinator but isn't telling yet
  • ESPN.com: Bielema in top form on eve of Rose

"It is a message that has been hammered into the Badgers from athletic director Barry Alvarez on down. Getting to the Rose Bowl is not enough. They must win the game," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Game could be step to bigger things - but first UW has to win
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin Badgers aim for piece of history  |  Preview

"If you want to make a point to the rest of the nation, there is no bigger or better stage than the Rose Bowl. And make no mistake, both UW (11-1) and TCU (12-0) have points they want to make," according to Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: When picking a winner, look for team with more motivation

"Wisconsin's J.J. Watt and Marcus Cannon of Texas Christian won't go head to head on every play in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Nevertheless, UW's junior defensive end and the Horned Frogs' senior left tackle expect to match their talents often Saturday in Pasadena," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Heavyweight battle expected between Watt and Cannon

Dave Heller interviewed Peter Konz, Lance Kendricks and Bret Bielema at Media Day.
  • JSOnline.com: A few more Rose Bowl interviews before the big game Small Video Graphic

"Conferences are judged primarily on national championships, and then on BCS bowl performances. The Big Ten once again gets two opportunities on the BCS stage, beginning Saturday with Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Badgers ready to carry Big Ten banner

Adam Rittenberg talks with Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers WR Abbrederis Small Video Graphic  |  Rose Bowl update Small Video Graphic

"The stakes of the Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO are higher this season. The winner may finish as high as No. 2 in the final polls. The Horned Frogs are playing to finish 13-0. The Badgers, coach Bret Bielema said Thursday, are playing for the honor of the Big Ten," writes Ivan Maisel.
  • ESPN.com: New game takes to historic stadium

"This year's Rose Bowl takes on a modern twist: For the first time in the 13 years of the BCS era, a non-AQ team (TCU) will play in Pasadena. The Rose Bowl last hosted a team from outside the current major conferences in 1936 (SMU). Wisconsin represents the traditional Big Ten side of the ledger and will be making its first Rose Bowl appearance in 11 seasons," writes Stewart Mandel.
  • SI.com: Breaking down historic Rose Bowl

"Asked what [Scott] Tolzien has meant to the program in his past two seasons, senior left guard John Moffitt chose to focus on what could have been, had the steady signal caller pulled his nose out of the playbook," writes Benjamin Worgull.
  • Gazettextra.com: Tolzien takes ribbing for work habits

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 Tracking TCU

"If there was a positive to be gleaned from [last season's] season-ending loss, it was the burning desire to do whatever it took to get back to a Bowl Championship Series bowl," says Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU has much to prove on big stage
  • Star-Telegram.com: In the Rose Bowl, different teams, different motivations

"It was another unblemished regular season for the TCU Horned Frogs in 2010. They were rarely challenged, and the outcome each week was never really in doubt. A few of the final scores appeared closer than the games really were," Stefan Stevenson writes.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU season in review

"To be considered a dominant program and not just a dominant team, TCU must reload, not rebuild. Dominant programs win 10 games seemingly all the time. Dominant teams do it once or twice," says Mac Engel.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU has set the bar very high for years to come

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayRB Montee Ball (28) snaps a photo of the nameplate above his locker at the Rose Bowl during team photo day, Dec. 31, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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@CollegeGameDay | Got pics from Rose Bowl festivities? Send us pics using hashtag #gamedaypics
Posted Jan. 1 at 9:23 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Susan Inong Janechek, in response to "Team photo at Rose Bowl" ... "Show TCU what Wisconsin boys are made of!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Four of the top eight scorers in the Big Ten are Badgers. RB Montee Ball is second in the conference, K Philip Welch is third while RBs John Clay and James White are seventh and eighth, respectively. Ball, Clay and White all rank among the top four in the conference in TDs.

Wisconsin's complete Rose Bowl game notes can be found here.


Friday, Dec. 31

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

For complete coverage of the Badgers' trip to Pasadena with photo galleries, video and blog updates, check out the Road to the Rose Bowl.

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 Afternoon Newsstand

"Following [Ron] Dayne's defining run at the start of the second half, the Badgers grabbed the lead and held on to it. In rushing for 200 yards in Wisconsin's 17-9 win, Dayne once again claimed the game's MVP award as the Badgers became the first team in Big Ten history to win back-to-back Rose Bowls," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Lucas Looks Back: 2000 Rose Bowl

"The quarterbacks who will start the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on Saturday have careers that have traveled the same arc," according to Ivan Maisel.
  • ESPN.com: Rose QBs offer substance over style
  • Madison.com: In TCU's Dalton, Badgers see a QB similar to Tolzien

"With no major injuries during bowl practice -- none that we know of, anyway -- the biggest question facing the UW football team in the Rose Bowl is how best to use junior tailback John Clay against TCU's fast defense," Tom Oates says.
  • Madison.com: Use Clay early, late
  • JSOnline.com: Running the show  |  UW season at a glance

"Just before spring break this year, University of Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chyrst took his quarterbacks over to the Kohl Center to talk to Badgers men's basketball coach Bo Ryan. So, what could Ryan teach the UW quarterbacks? These weren't football lessons as much as life lessons," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Ryan, quarterbacks coach?

"Much to his chagrin, Chris Borland won't suit up and play Saturday in the Rose Bowl. The sophomore linebacker for the University of Wisconsin football team, his right arm in a sling, smiled ruefully at that reality Thursday morning when he and his teammates descended on the Downtown Marriott to chat it up with the national media," writes Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: Borland is injured but he's still very much part of the team

"Whether the Badgers win or lose the Rose Bowl on Saturday against Texas Christian, there will be new challenges as [Bret] Bielema attempts to keep his team at the top of the Big Ten for more than one season," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Alvarez says Bielema will need to learn from his success

"It is true that UW has more size than TCU and TCU has more speed than UW. It's just that the speed doesn't necessarily prevail over size when UW plays. Not lately, anyway," says Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: In size vs. speed, TCU is fast, but UW has seen that before

"The story of [Scott] Tolzien's rise is common knowledge among most UW fans. He redshirted in 2006; didn't play in 2007; played in three games in 2008 and completed 5 of 8 passes; and won the starting job in preseason camp in 2009 and has gotten better with each game," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Tolzien's rise has been a developing story at UW

"When quarterback Scott Tolzien reviews video of Wisconsin's game from the previous day, he generally studies all the offensive plays, not just those on which the fifth-year senior exercises his right arm. Many times Tolzien finds himself lingering over the running plays, mesmerized by the size of the lanes created by the offensive line," Jeff Potrykus says.
  • JSOnline.com: Hole punchers

"The 2011 Rose Bowl could be the last game for Wisconsin redshirt sophomore Ricky Wagner - at right tackle," according to Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' Wagner ready to make a move

"UW coach Bret Bielema is glad his defensive coaches and players have had more than a month to prepare for Texas Christian's diverse offense," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Slow going

"Watching the 1999 Rose Bowl with more than a dozen other young UW fans at a friend's house, [Ethan] Hemer was mesmerized by Jamar Fletcher's interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: UW players feel well connected  |  UW vs. TCU

Dave Heller interviewed several Badgers at Media Day.
  • JSOnline.com: Toon, Valai, Ball Small Video Graphic  |  The DEs Small Video Graphic  |  Ex-Badgers Dayne, McIntosh Small Video Graphic

Adam Rittenberg interviews Wisconsin safety Aaron Henry.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin's Henry Small Video Graphic  |  Rose Bowl Preview Small Video Graphic

Here are three keys for Wisconsin heading into its matchup against TCU in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO, according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Rose Bowl keys for UW  |  Preview  |  Debate

"Thanks to a combination of big-boned, northern European ancestry, a rugged lifestyle and an abundance of high-calorie local delicacies like fried fish and cheese curds, the Badgers have been able to build impenetrable offensive lines that attract some of the country's best running backs. This allows the team to execute its simple, signature game plan: run the ball," writes Hannah Karp.
  • WSJ.com: What are they feeding the Badgers?

"[David] Gilreath's kick return touchdown set the tone for Wisconsin's 31-18 win against the Buckeyes, the biggest victory of the Bret Bielema era and one that spurred the Badgers to their first Rose Bowl appearance in 11 seasons. But the runback was just one of several special moments in the kicking game for the Badgers," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin recognizes value of special teams

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 Tracking TCU

Tom Mulhern spent some time hanging around Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson Thursday morning. "It's easy to see why he's an effective recruiter and has a reputation as a great coach," Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: The view from TCU

Dave Heller conduacted interviews at TCU's media day.
  • JSOnline.com: A couple of more media day interviews Small Video Graphic  |  TCU season at a glance

"There are few bonds stronger than those forged between teammates," writes Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: Two TCU senior safeties were bonded by pain in careers  |  NT returns from ankle injury

Brent Musberger, calling the game on Saturday, spoke with Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: Musberger says TCU is close to being a national brand  |  Speak for themselves 

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayHead coach Bret Bielema and the Badgers sing 'Varsity' along with the UW Marching Band and 25,000 fans at the Party at the Pier pep rally at Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif., Dec. 30, 2010 (David Stluka photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@UWMadison | If you've always wanted to see a giant #panda learn to Jump Around, today is your lucky day. http://bit.ly/e0FZdB #rosebowluw
Posted Dec. 31 at 11:40 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan John Ettner, in response to "Rose Bowl Trip Day 6: Party at the Pier" ... "The Party at the Pier was FAN-TASTIC. GO BADGERS!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

During its seven-game winning streak, UW is outscoring its opponents by more than 26.0 points (48.3-22.1). The Badgers have averaged 253.3 yards on the ground while QB Scott Tolzien has completed 78.7 percent of his passes. They have converted 52.8 percent of their third downs (38-of-72) and scored touchdowns on 84.2 percent of their red zone opportunities (32-of-38).

Wisconsin's complete Rose Bowl game notes can be found here.


Thursday, Dec. 30

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

For complete coverage of the Badgers' trip to Pasadena with photo galleries, video and blog updates, check out the Road to the Rose Bowl.

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 Afternoon Newsstand

"Minutes after punctuating an historic season with a stunning 38-31 triumph over heavily-favored UCLA in the 1999 Rose Bowl - a serious candidate to win the national championship less than a month earlier - an emotionally charged and content Barry Alvarez gathered his team in the UW locker room and exhorted his returning players to stay hungry and focused," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Lucas Looks Back: 1999 Rose Bowl

"One of the best matchups in the 97th Rose Bowl won't take place on the field. Instead of blocking and tackling, it will be dueling headsets," writes Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: Coordinators' duel will set tone for Rose Bowl

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema offers his favorite Rose Bowl memory.
  • Madison.com: My Rose Bowl memory: Bielema

"Several University of Wisconsin football players went to the Improv, a comedy club in Hollywood, Calif., on Monday night. Senior left guard John Moffitt and senior strong safety Jay Valai even got up on stage," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: And now, the comedic stylings of Jay Valai

"TCU center Jake Kirkpatrick, winner of the Rimington Award as the nation's best player at his position, came to a simple conclusion after seeing the Badgers on video and up close. "We're going to have our hands full," he said," writes Andy Baggot.
  • Madison.com: TCU is impressed by what they see in the Badgers  |   Badgers' offense draws raves and respect

"Just because the University of Wisconsin football team is preparing for the Rose Bowl in the Los Angeles area this week doesn't mean an end to the community service that has been a big part of this season," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Players continue to give back, even away from home

"TCU's special teams are 6 for 6 this decade. In six seasons in the Mountain West Conference, the Horned Frogs have had the league's first-team return specialist six times," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW must have coverage plan against TCU returner Kerley

"It's a team effort, as they say, but in the end you can thank [Kenny] Kangas, who drives the semitrailer that hauls players' equipment, medical supplies, merchandise, personal luggage and even the occasional festive seasonal item for the Badgers," Adam Mertz writes.
  • Madison.com: Driving semi, Kenny Kangas takes Badgers on the road

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg interviews Jay Valai, Dave Doeren, Blake Sorensen and also Paul Chryst.
  • ESPN.com: Valai Small Video Graphic  |  Doeren Small Video Graphic  |  Sorensen Small Video Graphic  |  Chryst Small Video Graphic

"[Aaron] Henry and fellow Badgers safety Jay Valai provided plenty of entertainment in Wednesday morning's media session," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin safeties having a Good week  |  Rose Bowl report Small Video Graphic

"College football fans know J.J. Watt, the finished product. He's a 6-6, 292-pound force projected to be an early-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft if he chooses to forgo his senior season. It's hard to believe the same guy was a tight end in the MAC in 2007," Adam Rittenberg says.
  • ESPN.com: Badgers' Watt driven by dreams, hard work

Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo sat down with Dave Heller for a few minutes to discuss the Rose Bowl.
  • JSOnline.com: Q&A with Gerry DiNardo

"Players on both teams say having three weeks to prepare for one another instead of one made their lives easier. And players on both teams said the skill and efficiency they have seen in video study has created a sense of urgency. They understand that if they don't play well, they may lose, and lose by a lot," writes Ivan Maisel.
  • ESPN.com: Name of the Rose: speed vs. power

"Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, who saw his sophomore season cut short because of an injury to his left shoulder in Week 3 against Arizona State, vows to be back in the starting lineup in 2011," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Borland: I will be back next season

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 Tracking TCU

"[Andy] Dalton is a huge reason the Frogs are here today, but let's be clear: If TCU is going to beat Wisconsin, it must run the ball. TCU's offense is more like Wisconsin's than Michigan or Ohio State," writes Mac Engel.
  • Star-Telegram.com: Horned Frogs need to show some love to their running game

"The redheaded quarterback has won 41 games, more than any other quarterback currently in college football, more than any other quarterback in TCU history. But Andy Dalton knows that he has to win one more," writes Gil Lebreton.
  • Star-Telegram.com: For Andy Dalton, it's the biggest game of all

"Players for the Wisconsin defense spread their respect around to different playmakers for the TCU offense, including Andy Dalton, Jimmy Young and Ed Wesley, but the name most often repeated at Wednesday's Rose Bowl media day with the Badgers' defense wears No. 85," writes Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: Wisconsin defense has plenty of respect for TCU receivers

"Players who sign up with the Horned Frogs and coach Gary Patterson often learn that their high school position matters about as much as their astrological sign. That's one of the secrets to the program's sustained success. Patterson and his staff scour Texas for athletes first and figure out where to put them later," according to Brian Bennett.
  • ESPN.com: Speed, position switches define TCU way 

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayWR David Gilreath (85) takes questions from Big Ten Network's Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith during the network's broadcast from Rose Bowl Media Day at the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown, Dec. 30, 2010 (Brian Mason photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BuckyBadger | Attn CA Badger Fans: a few game tickets are still available! Check the Loews hospitality desk or email rosebow@uwalumni.com for more info
Posted Dec. 30 at 1:53 p.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Julie A. Boyce-Hall, in response to "Rose Bowl Trip Day 5: Badgers Give Back" ... "I'm so proud of our Wisconsin Badgers! These guys are teriffic role models ~ they excell in their University course work, sports and charitable organizations. Go Badgers! ♥"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

After forcing just seven turnovers in the first eight games of the season, Wisconsin has 16 takeaways in the last four games.

Wisconsin is tied for third in the country in turnover margin at +14. In Big Ten play, the Badgers were an astounding +15, tied for the fi fth-best in conference history (dating back to 1980) and best since Iowa's +16 in 2002.

Wisconsin's complete Rose Bowl game notes can be found here.


Wednesday, Dec. 29

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

For complete coverage of the Badgers' trip to Pasadena with photo galleries, video and blog updates, check out the Road to the Rose Bowl.

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 Morning Newsstand

"Politely but firmly, Barry Alvarez interrupted the questioner who was innocently suggesting his players' focus might not be as sharp for the 1994 Rose Bowl given all the goals that the Badgers had reached to get there. Patiently, the UW coach reiterated a point that he had made earlier," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Lucas Looks Back: 1994 Rose Bowl

"Through the years, there have been plenty of Rose Bowl classics. Perhaps another one is about to unfold," Matt Lepay writes.
  • UWBadgers.com: Matchup has makings of a classic

In this notes column, Tom Mulhern writes about offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, Devin Smith and Patrick Butrym.
  • Madison.com: Chryst dismisses talk he's a candidate for Texas coaching job

Former UW player Donnel Thompson shares his favorite Rose Bowl memory.
  • Madison.com: My Rose Bowl Memory: Donnel Thompson

"Thousands of words will be written and spoken about the Rose Bowl this week, but it may have been Texas Christian defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas who best summed up the essence of his team's matchup with the University of Wisconsin," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: In the Rose Bowl, it's UW's dump truck against TCU's ferrari

"One of the questions asked of [Paul] Chryst and the offensive players during group interviews on Tuesday was whether UW would ever go away from the style has helped them reach four Rose Bowls since the 1993 season," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Don't worry, offense not about to change its style

"It's hard to imagine [Paul] Chryst having another quarterback who grasps what he wants out of the position and understands the way he thinks as much as [Scott] Tolzien. Chryst never wants to slight another player he has coached. Yet, he acknowledged Tolzien gets it probably more than any other player he has had," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Chryst-Tolzien connection has been something special

In a notes column, Jeff Potrykus writes about Gabe Carimi, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and more.
  • JSOnline.com: Carimi blocking out the pressure

"The process took time, but senior Niles Brinkley and junior Antonio Fenelus have started 12 games apiece this season, and their generally solid play has been one of the developments that led to UW securing a berth in the Rose Bowl Saturday against TCU.
  • JSOnline.com: UW corners Brinkley, Fenelus have made giant strides

ESPN's Adam Rittenberg interviews Nick Toon, John Moffitt, Scott Tolzien and also John Clay.
  • ESPN.com: Toon Small Video Graphic  |  Moffitt Small Video Graphic  |  Tolzien Small Video Graphic  |  Clay Small Video Graphic

"TCU's complex and effective 4-2-5 defense provides a unique look for opposing offenses. So has Wisconsin seen anything like the scheme the nation's No. 1 defense will use in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO? It's hard to tell," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Frogs' D presents unique test for Badgers  |   Preparing for the Rose Bowl Small Video Graphic

This week LostLettermen.com looks back at the history of the Rose Bowl game and how it has developed into a must-see New Year's Day tradition.
  • LostLettermen.com: From exhibition to the Granddaddy of them all (Part III)

"Like all great offensive lines, Wisconsin's group aces the chemistry test. The Badgers' linemen not only have worked together for years on the field, but they enjoy each other's company away from it," Adam Rittenberg writes.
  • ESPN.com: No strain, no gain for Badgers' O-line 

"[Scott] Tolzien's teammates say he works harder than just about anyone at No. 4 Wisconsin, but doesn't do much else to draw attention to himself. He sees himself a caretaker, not a trailblazer - just another cog in the Badgers' machine," writes Greg Beacham.
  • Omaha.com: Badgers QB Tolzien humble heading to Rose Bowl

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 Tracking TCU

"TCU has defeated big teams before - last season at Clemson, this season against Oregon State. This matchup is not just about size. Forget the line, for a moment, the Badgers are more than just big guys who beat up little kids," writes Mac Engel in this notes column.
  • Star-Telegram.com: Badger line not just big and beefy  |   It's TCU's speed vs. Wisconsin's size

"On Monday morning, TCU coach Gary Patterson took his team out to Rose Bowl Stadium so the players could get a glance at the hallowed grounds. They walked on the grass, took pictures and watched workers apply the first coat of paint that made up the school's logo in an end zone. You know, once-in-a-lifetime stuff," writes Brian Bennett.
  • ESPN.com: Stop and smell the (purple) roses

"Maybe it was appropriate that Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger, the Notre Dame walk-on who was the inspiration for the 1993 film Rudy, spoke with the team after Tuesday's practice at The Home Depot Center complex," writes Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: 'Little-guy' Frogs perfect audience for Rudy's pep speech

"With a strong showing against Wisconsin's pounding rushing attack, which helped produce 43.3 points a game, TCU will likely finish the season as the nation's top-ranked defense for the third consecutive season," according to Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU takes pride in being nation's top defense

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 Badgers in the Pros

Paul Hubbard was activated from Buffalo's practice squad.
  • BuffaloBills.com: Bills promote WR Hubbard

Tom Kowalski breaks down DeAndre Levy's interception.
  • DetNews.com: DeAndre Levy made Dolphins pay for a slip

Joe Thomas was named to his fourth straight Pro Bowl on Tuesday.
  • Cleveland.com: Thomas is team's only Pro Bowl player

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayQuarterback Scott Tolzien donned a chef's uniform as he took part in the ceremonial first cut at the Lawry's Beef Bowl on Dec. 28, 2010 (Karl Anderson photo)

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@UWBadgersdotcom | In Pasadena later today? Check out the @BadgerBand & UW Spirit Squad in Towne Square at Disneyland Park at 3:15pm PT http://ow.ly/3vGBf
Posted Dec. 29 at 9:48 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Stephen Peterson, in response to "Rose Bowl Trip Day 3: Practice" ... "Gonna be an awesome game! I think Wisconsin's offenive line and rushing game will be too much for TCU's defense. Especially in the second half. TCU has an awesome defense but they haven't seen an offense like the Badgers!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

The Badgers have committed just nine turnovers this season, tied with Iowa for the fewest in the country in the country. UW has lost just three fumbles on the season, second behind Ohio State for fewest in the country. The school record for fewest turnovers in a season is 10 (1998) and fewest fumbles is fi ve (2005).

The Badgers' top three running backs (John Clay, James White and Montee Ball) have combined for 510 touches (465 carries, 28 receptions and 17 KO returns) and fumbled the ball just once.

Wisconsin's complete Rose Bowl game notes can be found here.


Tuesday, Dec. 28

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

For complete coverage of the Badgers' trip to Pasadena with photo galleries, video and blog updates, check out the Road to the Rose Bowl.

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 Morning Newsstand

"The 1963 Rose Bowl was special from the start because it pitted the No. 1-ranked [USC] Trojans, who had won 10 straight games (outscoring their opponents 219-55); against the No. 2-ranked Badgers, whose only loss was to Ohio State and had already knocked off a No. 1 ranked team (Northwestern)," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Lucas Looks Back: 1963 Rose Bowl

"It's not unusual for a college athlete to go back to his high school and visit his former coaches or speak to the athletes. But [J.J.] Watt goes beyond that," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Watt bigger than life on and off the field

"As Wisconsin donned full pads Monday for the first time since the team arrived in Los Angeles on Christmas Day, the Badgers' tailback rotation remained unchanged from the regular-season finale: Sophomore Montee Ball was on the field first, followed by freshman James White and then junior John Clay," according to Jeff Potrykus in this notes column.
  • JSOnline.com: Badgers' tailback rotation still the same  |  Chat

Former UW player Wendell Bryant shares his favorite Rose Bowl memory.
  • Madison.com: My Rose Bowl Memory: Bryant

"With fourth-ranked UW preparing to face third-ranked TCU Saturday in the Rose Bowl, [Aaron] Henry and [Mike] Taylor have become two of the more integral players on defense," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: UW's Henry, Taylor have tackled all lingering doubts

"It has been an odd season for [Philip] Welch, who has been extremely busy booting extra points and kicking off, but not so much when it comes to attempting field goals," says Tom Mulhern in this notes column.
  • Madison.com: UW's Welch knows his legacy could rest on one kick

"By most measures, Wisconsin boasts the best group of running backs in the country. [Running backs coach John] Settle makes sure he has the best-prepared group by never letting the players get too comfortable," writes Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Competition drives UW's 3-headed monster

"After helping to lead Wisconsin to an 11-1 record, [Gabe] Carimi and 6-5, 323-pound left guard John Moffitt were selected first-team All-American. They combine with center Peter Konz (6-5, 313 pounds), right guard Kevin Zeitler (6-4, 315) and right tackle Ricky Wagner (6-6, 322) to give the Badgers one of the beefiest lines in college football," Gary Klein writes.
  • LATimes.com: Linemen keep Wisconsin on the run  |  Saturday's Rose Bowl will feature a number of NFL prospects

"A five-week break between the end of the regular season and the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO could be seen as a major buzz kill for a team like Wisconsin. But the Badgers don't view things that way," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin keeps pedal down in bowl prep

Here's a photo gallery of Montee Ball.
  • JSOnline.com: Ball photo gallery

"Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said he is thankful for the 35 days between their Big Ten finale in November to Saturday's 97th Rose Bowl Game against Texas Christian," according to Steve Ramirez.
  • SBSun.com: For Wisconsin, it's all in the preparation
  • ESPN.com: Preparing for the Rose Bowl Small Video Graphic

This week LostLettermen.com looks back at the history of the Rose Bowl game and how it has developed into a must-see New Year's Day tradition.
  • LostLettermen.com: From exhibition to the Granddaddy of them all (Part II)
  • LostLettermen.com: Wisconsin-TCU Rose Bowl is top game of the week

"Gabe Carimi already knows that Yom Kippur won't fall on a Sunday for at least the next 20 years. The star left tackle at the University of Wisconsin looked up the dates in anticipation of being a potential first-round pick in this spring's NFL draft. But first, Carimi will end his college career by leading the Badgers against the Texas Christian University's Horned Frogs in the 97th Rose Bowl," Deborah Hirsch writes.
  • JTA.org: Carimi: Star in shul and on the football field
  • SBSun.com: Carimi keeps tradition alive at Wisconsin

"It hasn't been the easiest road for [John] Moffitt. He's switched positions twice -- from guard to center, then back to guard -- and overcome a torn pectoral muscle that sidelined him early in his junior season. Now, his focus is solely on the Rose Bowl," David Borges writes.
  • ShorelineTimes.com: Guilford's Moffitt named Camp state player of the year

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 Tracking TCU

"Gary Patterson's belief in TCU senior quarterback Andy Dalton is unwavering," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Dalton has air of a true leader for Horned Frogs  |  Book on TCU

"Cameras in hand, the Frogs were allowed Monday to walk down the Rose Bowl tunnel and roam the field," writes Gil Lebreton.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU's years of wandering in the wilderness wiped away by Rose Bowl stroll
  • OCRegister.com: TCU in Rose Bowl a giant leap even for Horned Frogs faithful

"Tejay Johnson is the quintessential name on TCU's No Name defense. And even Johnson, a senior free safety, is barely known outside of Fort Worth," writes Stefan Stevenson.
  • Star-Telegram.com: TCU safety will make presence known at Rose Bowl even if his name isn't

"[Andy] Dalton makes his final start for the Frogs on Saturday in the Rose Bowl, where there will be plenty of purple No. 14 jerseys for the winningest quarterback at the same school where Davey O'Brien and "Slingin' Sammy" Baugh played," writes Stephen Hawkins.
  • AP.org: TCU's Dalton gets rosy finish as winningest QB

"Though most accounts of last season's Fiesta Bowl suggest that TCU succumbed to Boise State by the boldness of a fourth-quarter fake punt, most of the Frogs know better," according to Gil Lebreton.
  • Star-Telegram.com: Loss to Boise put TCU on path to Rose Bowl

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 Badgers in the Pros

Mark Tauscher has been a guest blogger at TravelWisconsin.com during the NFL season and fans now have a shot at winning an autographed helmet from him.
  • TravelWisconsin.com: Win a Mark Tauscher autographed helmet

"It's not cheating if you get away with it. Lions middle linebacker DeAndre Levy is living proof of that. He admitted Sunday he cheated a bit on his winning pick-six," according to Chris McCosky.
  • DetNews.com: DeAndre Levy's 'cheating' pays off for Lions

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayHead coach Bret Bielema talks with former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda following the Badgers' practice at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., Dec. 27, 2010 (Brian Mason photo)

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@JJWatt99 | From Pewaukee to Pasadena, workin hard to cap it off with a win! #DBWH http://twitpic.com/3kkrpy
Posted Dec. 28 at 10:58 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Nate Holdridge, in response to "Tommy Lasorda visits practice" ... "wow as a Los angeles born Wisconsin Badger fan i got to say these photos bring a tear to my eye. Go Dodgers and On Wisconsin"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Head coach Bret Bielema and tight ends coach Joe Rudolph both have experience as players in the Rose Bowl. Bielema was a walk-on defensive lineman and played in the 1991 Rose Bowl for Iowa. Rudolph was the starting left guard on Wisconsin's 1994 Rose Bowl team that defeated UCLA 21-16.

Wisconsin's complete Rose Bowl game notes can be found here.


Monday, Dec. 27

For the seventh time in school history, and the first time since 2000, the Wisconsin football team is heading to the Rose Bowl. The Badgers, ranked No. 5 in the latest BCS standings with an 11-1 record, will face No. 3 TCU, 12-0 on the season, on Jan. 1 at 4 p.m. CT in Pasadena, Calif.

For complete coverage of the Badgers' trip to Pasadena with photo galleries, video and blog updates, check out the Road to the Rose Bowl.

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 Morning Newsstand

"Few teams, if any, have ever been as opportunistic as the 1959 Badgers, who came away with points every time they advanced into the red zone during the regular season," writes Mike Lucas.
  • UWBadgers.com: Lucas Looks Back: 1960 Rose Bowl

"Fifty-eight years ago in its first Rose Bowl appearance, the Wisconsin Badgers practiced in the cold then sat with starlets in Hollywood and battled defensive juggernaut Southern California," in this story by Tam Flarup.
  • UWBadgers.com: Rose Bowl Memories: UW's first Rose Bowl team  |  Lucas Looks Back: 1953 Rose Bowl

Former UW player and current tight ends coach Joe Rudolph offers his Rose Bowl memory, as do Chris Ghidorzi and Mike Roan.
  • Madison.com: My Rose Bowl Memory: Rudolph  |  Ghidorzi  |  Roan

Wisconsin's return to the Rose Bowl has been highlighted by memorable plays - on offense, defense and special teams. Here is UW beat writer Jeff Potrykus' top five.
  • JSOnline.com: UW Fab Five: Plays of the season

"[Bret] Bielema has guided Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO, where it will face TCU on Jan. 1. The Badgers ended an 11-year drought between Big Ten titles and Rose Bowl appearances, and while Bielema is in just his fifth year as coach, Pasadena marks a major milestone for the 40-year-old," according to Adam Rittenberg.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin's Bielema out of the shadows

"The [1991] Rose Bowl ring is kept in a jewelry case in University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema's house and never gets worn," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Bielema's ring doesn't ring true  |  Bret's first Rose Bowl looks a lot like Barry's

"As No. 4 UW prepares to face No. 3 TCU in the 2011 Rose Bowl on Saturday, reflecting on that ugly [2008] season can be instructive and should provide a better appreciation for the current team," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin has put ugly '08 bowl loss in past

Adam Rittenberg talks to Wisconsin linebacker Culmer St. Jean.
  • ESPN.com: Wisconsin LB St. Jean Small Video Graphic  |  ESPN.com honors Carimi, Moffitt, Kerrigan

"Quarterback Scott Tolzien addressed the group [of seniors] and delivered a blunt, heartfelt message that was eventually shared with the entire team.," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Despite Disneyland, trip to Pasadena's all business

This week LostLettermen.com looks back at the history of the Rose Bowl game and how it has developed into a must-see New Year's Day tradition.
  • LostLettermen.com: From exhibition to the Granddaddy of them all (Part I)

"Defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Dave Doeren, defensive backs coach Chris Ash and [defensive line coach Charlie] Partridge played together at Drake, graduated from the school and began their college coaching careers there," Tom Mulhern writes.
  • Madison.com: Defensive coaches are together again after humble beginnings

"Fourth-ranked UW manufactured a series of critical plays to set up its matchup with No. 3 Texas Christian in the Rose Bowl. Yet there also were a handful of other less recognized plays that in hindsight turned out to be important because of the effect they had at that moment and how they set the tone for future games," Jeff Potrykus writes.
  • JSOnline.com: Set-ups on the Badgers' road to roses

"To many fans today, UW is known as the school that wins Rose Bowls. There was a time, however, when it was known as the school that loses Rose Bowls," according to Tom Oates.
  • Madison.com: Rose Bowl failures stick with UW greats

More photo galleries from Dave Heller. Today he has Aaron Henry and Lance Kendricks.
  • JSOnline.com: Photo Gallery: Henry   |  Kendricks

"Paul Chryst never makes the games about himself. It's always about the players. The Rose Bowl is no different. Yet, as somebody who spent at least part of his childhood growing up in Madison -- and has such a deep and abiding respect for the game and its traditions -- you know what this opportunity means to him," writes Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Chryst gets to go where dad just missed

"Henry Mason didn't need to tear through wrapping paper and ribbons to open his best Christmas present this year. A return trip to the Rose Bowl doesn't fit under the family tree," writes Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: In different role, ex-coach Mason returns to Rose Bowl

"A healthy [Nick] Toon could be a central figure in the game," according to Tom Mulhern.
  • Madison.com: Toon relishes challenge against TCU's top-ranked pass defense

"The first two days here in Los Angeles are almost bonus days," writes Tom Mulhern. "A typical game week preparation starts on Tuesday. Both [Bret] Bielema and TCU coach Gary Patterson don't want to push their teams too hard at the start of the week. Patterson thought that was a problem in the Fiesta Bowl loss to Boise State last season."
  • Madison.com: Rose Bowl coaches try to keep teams' routines

"James White (1,029), John Clay (936) and Montee Ball (881) have combined for 2,846 yards on 465 carries (6.12 yards per carry). The Badgers have an outside chance to become the first team in FBS history to have three RBs run for at least 1,000 yards in the same season," writes Rob Hernandez.
  • Madison.com: One down, two to go as UW's backs eye their own Century City

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 Tracking TCU

Though he graduated from Cedarbugh High School, Derek Moore is pulling for TCU in the Rose Bowl, in this story by Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: Wisconsin native has reason to root for TCU

"Texas Christian coach Gary Patterson believes he learned a painful lesson preparing for the 2010 Fiesta Bowl. Patterson thought his staff overworked the players in the days leading to the game and TCU played poorly in a 17-10 loss to Boise State," according to Jeff Potrykus.
  • JSOnline.com: TCU coach trying different approach  |  TCU tunes up -- literally -- to face UW in Rose Bowl

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 Badgers in the Pros

DeAndre Levy recorded his first career touchdown on Sunday, returning an interception 30 yards for a score against Miami.
  • NFL.com: Levy's INT TD Small Video Graphic

O'Brien Schofield picked up the first sack of his career in a win on Christmas night against Dallas.
  • NFL.com: Schofield's first career sack Small Video Graphic

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 Photo of the Day

Photo of the DayThe stage is filled with streamers during the Rose Bowl Welcome Ceremony at Disneyland (Brian Mason photo).

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 Tweet(s) of the Day  @BadgerFootball on Twitter

@BuckyBadger | Stay connected on the Road to the Rose Bowl wherever you are! Follow Flat Bucky & find fellow Badgers http://bit.ly/bdUmCO #rosebowluw
Posted Dec. 27 at 10:43 a.m.

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 What They're Saying on Facebook  Facebook.com/WisconsinBadgers

Badger fan Barb Citerony, in response to "Badgers travel to Pasadena" ... "GO BADGERS!!! We'll be watching and cheering loudly!!! Continue to make us proud!!!"  |  Badgers on Facebook  |  Badger Football on Facebook

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 Note of the Day

Wisconsin is the only team in the country to have three running backs who have gained at least 800 yards on the ground this season. James White (1,029), John Clay (936) and Montee Ball (881) have combined for 2,846 yards on 465 carries (6.12 yards per carry). The Badgers have an outside chance to become the first team in FBS history to have three RBs run for at least 1,000 yards in the same season.

Wisconsin's complete Rose Bowl game notes can be found here.


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