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Monday, January 2

After all the buildup and all the anticipation, it's finally game day for the Badgers and their fans in Pasadena.

Kickoff for the 98th Rose Bowl Game between the No. 9-ranked Badgers and No. 6 Oregon is set for 4:10 p.m. (CT) on ESPN. Get complete information on the game below, including some final analysis from the UW broadcast team of Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas in this season's final edition of "Badger Breakdown."

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Varsity - December 29

The latest edition of Varsity, the free weekly online magazine, offers plenty of pregame Rose Bowl reading.

Varsity Magazine: Welcome Back

 Lucas: Lessons from last year still fresh
Alvarez: Rose Bowl prep no easy task
'The Duck Stops Here'
Abbrederis keeps walking the line
Lepay: Don't forget about the defense

Additional Rose Bowl Reading
Global Big Red
• ESPN.com Rose Bowl Central
SI.com Preview
BTN.com Coverage
Madison.com Coverage
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Coverage
FoxSportsWisconsin.com Coverage


Rose Bowl Logo  98th Rose Bowl Game
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Date: Monday, Jan. 2, 2012
Time: 4:10 p.m. (CT)
Location: Pasadena, Calif.
Stadium: Rose Bowl Stadium (87,400)
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Wisconsin Logo  Wisconsin Badgers
Record: 11-2 Overall, 7-2 Big Ten
Rankings: AP #9  |  Coaches #8  |  BCS #10
 2011 Big Ten Conference Champions

Team Information
Roster  |  Schedule/Results  |  Stats
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Coaching Staff
• Head Coach: Bret Bielema
• Offensive Coordinator: Paul Chryst
• Defensive Coordinator: Chris Ash

2011 Schedule/Results
09/01 W Wisconsin 51, UNLV 17
09/10 W Wisconsin 35, Oregon St. 0
09/17 W Wisconsin 49, N. Illinois 7
09/24 W Wisconsin 59, S. Dakota 10
10/01 W Wisconsin 48, Nebraska 17
10/15 W Wisconsin 59, Indiana 7
10/22 L Michigan St. 37, Wisconsin 31
10/29 L Ohio State 33, Wisconsin 29
11/05 W Wisconsin 62, Purdue 17
11/12 W Wisconsin 42, Minnesota 13
11/19 W Wisconsin 28, Illinois 17
11/26 W Wisconsin 45, Penn State 7
12/03 W Wisconsin 42, Michigan St. 39
01/02 Wisconsin vs. Oregon
Oregon Logo  Oregon Ducks
Record: 11-2 Overall, 7-2 Pac-12
Rankings: AP #6  |  Coaches #5  |  BCS #5
 2011 Pac-12 Conference Champions

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Coaching Staff
• Head Coach: Chip Kelly
• Offensive Coordinator: Mark Helfrich
• Defensive Coordinator: Nick Aliotti

2011 Schedule/Results
09/03 L LSU 40, Oregon 27
09/10 W Oregon 69, Nevada 20
09/17 W Oregon 56, Missouri State 7
09/24 W Oregon 56, Arizona 31
10/06 W Oregon 43, Cal 15
10/15 W Oregon 41, Arizona State 27
10/22 W Oregon 45, Colorado 2
10/29 W Oregon 43, Washington St. 28
11/05 W Oregon 34, Washington 17
11/12 W Oregon 53, Stanford 30
11/19 L USC 38, Oregon 35
11/26 W Oregon 49, Oregon State 21
12/02 W Oregon 49, UCLA 31
01/02 Oregon vs. Wisconsin
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Sunday, January 1

After heading to the Rose Bowl to have their team photo taken, the Badgers used their final day of preparation for the Rose Bowl to hold one last practice session, with the team performing its normal Friday walk-through at the historic Los Angeles Colesium.

Badgers fans, meanwhile, flooded the area between the Staples Center and the team hotel for the UW Marching Band's 5th Quarter at L.A. Live. The sea of red that invaded downtown was treated to the Badger Band's favorites, but also a couple of big surprises.

Singer will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas used the band to back a performance of his yet-to-be-released solo track "Great Times," while Everlast -- former front man of House of Pain -- teamed up with the band for a special live performance of "Jump Around."

Video: The 5th Quarter at L.A. Live Small Video Graphic  |  Photos

• Photos: Team Photo Day at the Rose Bowl


Saturday, December 31


Wisconsin returned to the practice field Saturday afternoon for a full session at The Home Depot Center, but the highlight of the day actually came following practice.

For the second-consecutive year, thousands of Badgers fans descended on the famous Santa Monica Pier to get set for Monday's Rose Bowl Game.

The sea of red, which was partially obscured by heavy fog rolling in off the Pacific Ocean, enjoyed performances by the UW Marching Band and spirit squad, as well as appearances by former Badgers Mark Tauscher and Ron Dayne -- who also was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame on Saturday.

The crowd was also treated to videos highlighting the Badgers' season and an appearance by the team itself, complete with remarks from the captains and a rendition of "Varsity."

Video: Jump Around at Party at the Pier 2011 Small Video Graphic

Photos: Party at the Pier 2011


Friday, December 30

The Badgers' day began early Friday with Rose Bowl Media Day at the Marriott Los Angeles Downtown, where the team's entire roster of players and coaches were made available to the assembled media.

One of the highlights of the event was the public debut of the Badgers' special edition uniforms for the Rose Bowl Game, which were unveiled by adidas.

A number of players also visited children at a Los Angeles area children's hospital Friday afternoon.

Badgers unveil new uniforms  |  Video Small Video Graphic  |  Photos

Video: Rose Bowl Media Day Small Video Graphic  |  Photos

Photos: Children's Hospital Visit 


Thursday, December 29

Thursday brought with it one of the great traditions that surrounds the Tournament of Roses, and the Badgers took full advantage. Wisconsin outpaced Rose Bowl foe Oregon by consuming 723 pounds of prime rib at the 56th Lawry's Beef Bowl, compared to the 612 pounds the Ducks put down on Wednesday.

OL Travis Frederick was again the MVP of the event, this time plowing through eight servings of the signature dish at Lawry's The Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. Frederick had seven servings last year.

The Badgers worked up their appetite with an afternoon practice at The Home Depot Center, where temperatures again hit the mid to upper 70s.

Video: Badgers Devour Lawry's Beef Bowl Small Video Graphic  |  Photos

Video: Rose Bowl Update - Dec. 29   |  Photos

Photos: Press Conference - Defense


Wednesday, December 28

For the first time since hitting the ground in L.A., the Badgers donned full pads for their practice session Wednesday afternoon at The Home Depot Center. UWBadgers.com caught up with WR Jared Abbrederis and OL Travis Frederick after practice.

Prior to practice, offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and five members of the Badgers' offensive unit headed to the Rose Bowl's media hotel for a morning press conference.

Rose Bowl Update: Abbrederis & Frederick Small Video Graphic

• Photos: Practice   |  Press Conference - Offense


Tuesday, December 27

Wisconsin spent the morning getting down to business, conducting its first on-site practice in preparation for the Rose Bowl. The Badgers took part in a crisp, 12-period session at their practice home for the week, The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

From there, it was straight to Disneyland, where the Badgers took part in the official kickoff of Rose Bowl week. The welcome event included media availability for head coach Bret Bielema and five players at Sleeping Beauty's Castle.

Video: Badgers take in Rose Bowl Small Video Graphic

• Photo Galleries: Practice   |  Disneyland


Monday, December 26

The Badgers hit Los Angeles on Monday and wasted little time getting down to business. The team's first stop was the Rose Bowl Stadium, where players had a chance to soak in the atmosphere at the historic venue.

Karl Anderson of UWBadgers.com caught up with senior QB Russell Wilson as he got his first look at the site of next week's Rose Bowl Game. Head coach Bret Bielema also met with members of the media upon the team's arrival at its hotel.

Video: Badgers take in Rose Bowl Small Video Graphic  |  Photos

Video: Bielema meets media in L.A. Small Video Graphic


Saturday, December 24

In the spirit of the holidays, enjoy the story of young Nelson Happel, a Madison native and cancer patient who was introduced to members of the Wisconsin football team during the Badgers' visits to American Family Children's Hospital.

Earlier this season, Nelson returned the favor by visiting the Badgers at practice, taking in a tour of Camp Randall Stadium, meeting head coach Bret Bielema and receiving a special gift from his favorite player, WR Jared Abbrederis.

Video: Wish Upon a Badger - Nelson Happel Small Video Graphic


Friday, December 23

The countdown to departure for Los Angeles sits at just three days as the Badgers return to the practice field for an afternoon session on Friday. While the team looks ahead, we look back on a fantastic season that has included some memorable moments.

Included on that list has to be the Badgers' 48-17 win over Nebraska on Oct. 1, a game that serves as the backdrop for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at game day in and around Camp Randall Stadium.

Video: The Wisconsin Football Experience Small Video Graphic

Varsity - December 22

The latest edition of Varsity, the free weekly online magazine, is dedicated to looking back on the Badgers' season.

Varsity Magazine: One unit, one goal

 Lucas: The plays of the year
Alvarez: Satisfying season continues
A season worth savoring
Moments that shaped a season
Lepay: Defining coaches' 'passion'


Thursday, December 22


Bret Bielema announced on Monday that the Badgers would be sporting a new look for the Rose Bowl, and you can now get a sneak peek at the special uniforms adidas has created. The real things will be revealed at Rose Bowl Media Day on Dec. 30.


The Badgers had the day off from practice but spent time in the weight room on Thursday. The big news of the day happened in Pittsburgh, where UW offensive coordinator Paul Chryst was introduced as the new head coach at Pitt. Chryst will remain with the Badgers through the Rose Bowl.

The Voice of the Badgers, Matt Lepay, looks at the fit for Chryst in Pittsburgh in his latest blog:

The Voice: Passion isn't always conveyed in public

Also, Badgers center Peter Konz met Thursday with a specialist in North Carolina for a second opinion on the ankle he dislocated on Nov. 12 vs. Minnesota. Konz has been limited in practice but hopes to play in the Rose Bowl. Mike Lucas discussed the matter with Konz, who also was busy with the "Diseases in Wildlife" final exam he took on Wednesday.

Lucas at Large: This time, 'eclectic' Konz seeks info on ankle


Wednesday, December 21

Mike Lucas of UWBadgers.com caught up linebackers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor following Wednesday's practice inside the McClain Center to discuss the growth of the defense this season and the challenges posed by Oregon's high-flying offense.

Video: Rose Bowl Update: Dec. 21 Small Video Graphic


Tuesday, December 20

Wisconsin returned to the McClain Center for the second-straight day, conducting a short, early-afternoon practice on Wednesday. Following Tuesday's practice session, Mike Lucas spoke with senior captain Bradie Ewing about the experience of playing in last year's Rose Bowl and what to expect this time around.

Video: Rose Bowl Update: Dec. 20 Small Video Graphic


Monday, December 19

Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema met the media on Monday during his regular weekly press conference to offer an update on the Badgers' preparations for the Rose Bowl. Among the topics discussed were the progress of injured C Peter Konz, dealing with Oregon's up-tempo offensive attack and the team's plan to wear "modified" uniforms from adidas for the game.

Transcript: Bielema Press Conference


Sunday, December 18


A week-long look back on a spectacular season for the Wisconsin football teams begins -- logically -- with UW's season-opening win over UNLV and the highly-anticipated debut of QB Russell Wilson:

Reflecting on 2011: 'Hello, Russell Wilson!'

The Badgers made it back-to-back Rose Bowl titles in 2000 thanks to the heroics of Ron Dayne and Brooks Bollinger. Mike Lucas looks back on UW's win over Stanford:

Rose Bowl Rewind: Bollinger, Dayne make UW champs again


Saturday, December 17

Rose Bowl Rewind: 1999

Mike Lucas continues his look back on the Badgers' Rose Bowl heritage with a retrospective on the 1999 Granddaddy of Them All, which saw Ron Dayne run to the record books and UW score an unexpected victory:

Rose Bowl Rewind: Dayne's running powers Badgers to '99 title


Friday, December 16

The Badgers were back on the practice field Friday after taking most of the week off for final exams, and Mike Lucas caught up with QB Russell Wilson and OL Travis Frederick to check in on the team's progress in preparing for Oregon.

 Video: Rose Bowl Update - Dec. 16 Small Video Graphic

Mike Lucas' look back on the Badgers' history in the Rose Bowl turns to UW's first appearance in Pasadena in three decades, a game QB Darrell Bevell helped Wisconsin win not with his arm, but with his feet.

Rose Bowl Rewind: Bevell's run lifts Badgers to '94 win


Thursday, December 15

Rose Bowl Rewind: 1963

The Rose Bowl Game is known as "The Granddaddy of Them All," a title that was never more apt than when No. 2 Wisconsin faced off with No. 1 USC in a 1963 classic. Mike Lucas looks back on what came to be called the greatest Rose Bowl:

Rose Bowl Rewind: Furious rally falls just short in '63


Wednesday, December 14

Several of the Badgers' key players took a break from their finals week studies to meet members of the media Wednesday, offering updates on the Badgers' preparations for the Rose Bowl. Mike Lucas caught up with defensive captains Aaron Henry and Patrick Butrym:

• Video: Rose Bowl Update - Dec. 14 Small Video Graphic

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