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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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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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: