Dec. 5, 2010
• Rose Bowl coaches teleconference
MADISON, Wis. -- 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.
Wisconsin won a share of the Big Ten title for the 12th time in school history, tying a school record by going 7-1 in conference play. The Badgers are riding a seven-game win streak, tied for the fifth-longest current streak in the country. One of the teams ahead of UW is TCU.
The game features two high-powered offenses as Wisconsin and TCU both average 43.3 points per game, tied for fourth-best in the country. Each team averages more than 450.0 yards of total offense per game, including more than 240.0 yards on the ground. Both teams' quarterbacks, seniors Scott Tolzien and Andy Dalton, rank among the top five in the country in pass efficiency.
On the other side of the ball, the Horned Frogs are No. 1 in the country in scoring defense, total defense pass defense and pass efficiency defense, while ranking No. 3 in rush defense. Wisconsin ranks among the top 30 in the country total defense, scoring defense, pass defense and rush defense. The Badgers had a +15 turnover margin in Big Ten play and are tied for third in the country in that category.
This will be the second time in history that Wisconsin and TCU have played. The only other meeting came in the 1970 home opener at Camp Randall Stadium, on Sept. 26, and ended in a 14-14 tie.
Wisconsin has a 3-3 all-time record in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers have been victorious in their last three trips to Pasadena (1994, 1999 and 2000). Since 1994, UW's three Rose Bowl wins are second only to USC (5).
The 2011 Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio will be televised by ESPN with Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit and Erin Andrews handling the commentary.
The potential sale of Rose Bowl tickets to the general public, originally scheduled for Dec. 5, has been canceled due to strong demand from donors and season ticket-holders.
Donors to Wisconsin Athletics and Wisconsin football season ticket-holders will receive an e-mail regarding the status of their Rose Bowl ticket request no later than Monday, Dec. 6.
Wisconsin student football season ticket-holders can begin purchasing tickets on Dec. 5 at 9 p.m., online at UWBadgers.com. The student sales will continue as long as tickets remain, or until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 6, whichever comes first. Student season ticket-holders may purchase up to two tickets while supplies last.
Rose Bowl tickets are $145. Wisconsin's Rose Bowl ticket allotment includes tickets in sections 1-5, 8-12 and 24-28.