The 2012 Rose Bowl is one week away from being set. Four participants will take part in what are in effect the Rose Bowl semifinals in the Pac-12 and Big-12 conference title games. The Wisconsin Badgers won the Big Ten Leaders Division with a 45-7 stomping of the Penn St. Nittany Lions on Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin (10-2, 6-2) will face the Michigan St. Spartans (10-2, 7-1) in the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game on Saturday, December 3 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. It is a rematch of an epic battle in East Lansing on October 22, won 37-31 at home by Michigan State on a last-second Hail Mary touchdown pass.
By the time the Big Ten Championship Game kicks off, both Wisconsin and Michigan State will know their potential Rose Bowl opponent. The first-ever Pac-12 Football Championship Game will be played on Friday, December 2 at Eugene, Oregon. The Oregon Ducks wrapped up the North Division with a win over the Oregon St. Beavers in the Civil War on Saturday afternoon. The Ducks will host the Pac-12 South Division winning UCLA Bruins (6-5, 5-3) next Friday night.
The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Hirbstreit, and Lisa Salters on the call. Stay tuned for more updates as the game approaches.