2012 Rose Bowl: Oregon Beats Wisconsin 45-38 In Highest Scoring Rose Bowl Ever

Oregon wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei was named offensive MVP with 158 receiving yards and two touchdowns, while linebacker Kiko Alonso was named defensive MVP with 1.5 sacks and an interception.

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2012 NFL Draft: Oregon Ducks RB LaMichael James Decides To Go Pro

James is the second leading rusher in Pac-12 Conference history, and the only one in the history of the conference to put up three seasons with 1,500 or more rushing yards.

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2012 Rose Bowl TV Ratings: ESPN Numbers Down Despite High-Scoring Oregon, Wisconsin Thriller

Even though the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers put on an offensive show in Oregon's 45-38 win in the Rose Bowl, ESPN's numbers compared to last season's TCU-Wisconsin game were down. The Rose Bowl overnight rating was 9.9, which was down 15% from last season's game. The top areas according to a tweet from ESPN's Josh Krulewitz were Milwaukee, Portland, Birmingham, Columbus and Seattle.

The Ducks defeated the Badgers behind quarterback Darron Thomas who threw for 268 yards, three touchdowns and one interception and D'Anthony Thomas who rushed for 155 yards and two touchdowns on only two carries, including a 91-yard scamper to end the second quarter.

But the offensive explosion couldn't overcome the ratings set by a 21-19 TCU win last season in a more defense-oriented ball game.

Maybe the state of Texas had something to do with it. The Ducks and Badgers put on a show. Those that missed it, missed out. Expect an e-mail from ESPN's higher-ups.

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Wisconsin Vs. Oregon, 2012 Rose Bowl: Recap And Score From Ducks' First Rose Bowl Win In 95 Years

With the high-powered offenses of the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers, the 2012 Rose Bowl was a good bet to be a high-scoring affair. It did not disappoint as the two schools combined for a Rose Bowl-record 83 points in a 45-38 win by the Ducks.

It was the first Rose Bowl win by Oregon in 95 years, their first since beating Penn 14-0 in 1917. The win also snapped a two-year losing streak in BCS bowls for the Ducks, who lost the Rose Bowl to Ohio State in 2010 and the BCS Championship Game to Auburn in 2011.

Unfortunately for Wisconsin, they became just the seventh team to lose Rose Bowls in two or more consecutive years. The Badgers lost 21-19 to TCU in the 2011 Rose Bowl. Here are the seven teams to lose two or more Rose Bowls in a row:

  • 3 - California (1949-1951)
  • 3 - Michigan (1977-1979)
  • 2 - Stanford (1934-1935)
  • 2 - Ohio State (1975-1976)
  • 2 - USC (1988-1989)
  • 2 - Michigan (2003-2004)
  • 2 - Wisconsin (2011-2012)

Oregon wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei caught eight passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score early in the fourth quarter, and won offensive MVP honors. Freshman sensation De'Anthony Thomas had 315 all-purpose yards on just 12 touches, including two long touchdown runs for the Ducks. Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso had an interception and 1.5 sacks, earning defensive MVP honors.

Wisconsin running back Montee Ball ran for 165 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown. The Badgers boasted a pair of receivers to surpass 100 yards receiving, with Jared Abbrederis catching four for 119 yards and Nick Toon pulling down nine passes for 104 yards through the air. Each receiver caught a touchdown pass from Wisconsin senior quarterback Russell Wilson, playing in his final college game.

The win for Oregon caps an incredible three-year run that saw three straight Pac-12 titles, three BCS bowls (one win), and an eye-popping 34-6 record under the watchful eye of head coach Chip Kelly. Asked for his opinion after the game about what critics have to say about the Pac-12 and their lack of defense, Kelly provided a classic answer:

Asked what he'd say to critics who say pac12 doesn't play D, chip kelly: "I don't care. ...I don't care what critics say."
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For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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Rose Bowl 2012 Video Highlights: De'Anthony Thomas, Lavasier Tuinei, Russell Wilson, Montee Ball Provide Lasting Memories Of Oregon Vs. Wisconsin

The 2012 Rose Bowl was a wildly entertaining contest that produced many highlights. The No. 6 Oregon Ducks beat the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers 45-38 in the highest-scoring game in Rose Bowl history, the first Rose Bowl win for the Ducks in 95 years. For pure wow factor, Ducks freshman all-purpose hero De'Anthony Thomas was breathtaking and he only touched the ball 12 times.

Thomas returned six kickoffs, caught four passes for 35 yards, but what everyone is still talking about are his two rushes. Thomas took both carries to the house, averaging a mere 77.5 yards per carry for the game. His first run was a 91-yard scamper on the final play of the first quarter that broke Tyrone Wheatley's 19-year old Rose Bowl record for longest run from scrimmage:

Thomas would have been a fine choice for offensive MVP of the game, but those honors went to Oregon wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei, who caught eight passes for 158 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tuinei's second touchdown came three seconds into the fourth quarter, an 11-yard gain that gave Oregon the lead for good. Watch Tuinei find an opening in the back of the end zone as quarterback Darron Thomas scrambled:

The highlights didn't all belong to Oregon of course. After all, Wisconsin ended up just 13 yards shy and perhaps an extra second away from tying the game, a contest that saw four ties and seven lead changes. Badgers running back Montee Ball was exceptional, as he has been throughout his junior season. Ball, who led the nation with 1,924 rushing yards this season, ran for 165 yards on 28 carries in the Rose Bowl. His one touchdown, in the second quarter, was his 39th of the season, tying Barry Sanders for the most TDs in a single season in NCAA history:

Russell Wilson did throw just his fourth interception of the season, one that led to Oregon taking the lead early in the fourth quarter, but Wilson still played a great game for Wisconsin. The senior quarterback threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. Wilson completed 19 of 26 passes, right in line with his 72.6% completion rate on the season. None of those passes was more impressive than this 18-yard strike to Nick Toon on a deep out to the front right pylon of the end zone that gave Wisconsin its first lead of the second half:

Wisconsin had its chances to tie the game late in the fourth quarter. In addition to running out of time at the very end of the game, the Badgers were also driving deep into Oregon territory with about five minutes remaining, but wide receiver Jared Abbrederis fumbled at the 15-yard line after a 29-yard reception. Amazingly, the ball managed to stay in bounds, allowing linebacker Michael Clay of Oregon to recover and the Ducks subsequently ran four key minutes off the clock:

All in all, the Rose Bowl made for great theater, with two great offenses going toe to toe. If this game ends up on ESPN Classic sometime soon, I'll be watching.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Lavasier Tuinei, Kiko Alonso Take Home MVP Honors For Oregon Ducks

The 2012 Rose Bowl is in the books, with the Oregon Ducks claiming their first Rose Bowl victory in 95 years with a 45-38 triumph over the Wisconsin Badgers. In a game filled with stars and great performances, there were many choices for MVP. Wide receiver Lavasier Tuinei took home offensive MVP honors, while limebacker Kiko Alonso grabbed defensive MVP honors.

Tuinei grabbed eight catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns, one of many offensive stars for Oregon. Freshman De'Anthony Thomas had two rushes for 155 yards and two touchdowns, four catches for 35 yards, and six kick returns for 125 yards, and would have been a worthy choice. LaMichael James ran for 159 yards and a touchdown, and quarterback Darron Thomas completed 17 of 23 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns of his own.

Alonso made his presence known with 1.5 sacks in the game, and also intercepted Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson late in the third quarter. Alonso's pick was just the fourth interception all season for Wilson.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl Final Score: Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38 In Highest Scoring Rose Bowl Ever

For the first time in 95 years, the Oregon Ducks are Rose Bowl winners. The No. 6 Ducks did it in true Oregon fashion, beating the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers 45-38 in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl in history. The victory was the first Rose Bowl win for Oregon since beating Penn 14-0 in the 1917 game in Pasadena.

The previous record for most points in a Rose Bowl game was in 1991, when Washington beat Iowa 46-34. The two teams combined for 1,130 yards and 49 first downs. Oregon accounted for 621 of those yards, falling just short of the Rose Bowl record of 633 yards set by the USC Trojans in 2008 against Illinois.

Oregon tailback LaMichael James ran for 159 yards on 25 carries, narrowly beating teammate De'Anthony Thomas for the team rushing lead. Thomas carried twice for 155 yards - yes, you read that correctly - and two touchdowns. Thomas also added four catches for 35 yards and returned six kickoffs for 125 yards.

Wisconsin was driving for the tying touchdown, and Russell Wilson found Jared Abbrederis for a 29-yard gain to the 15-yard line, but Abbrederis fumbled and the ball somehow stayed in bounds along the sideline. Oregon took the ball and was able to run nearly four minutes off the clock, punting to Wisconsin with 23 seconds remaining in the game.

The Badgers drove 62 yards in two plays down to the Oregon 13-yard line, but time ran out before Wilson was able to spike the ball in an attempt to get another play.

Montee Ball ran for 165 yards on 32 carries for Wisconsin and scored his 39th touchdwon of the season, tying Barry Sanders for the most tocuhdowns in a single season in NCAA history.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl Highlight: Oregon Recovers Jared Abbrederis Fumble To Help Secure Win Over Badgers

The 2012 Rose Bowl caused the snapping of several offensive records, with many folk wondering if defense had been banned. So of course, the biggest plays in the second half have all been defensive. There were the two interceptions in the third quarter, which stopped an Oregon Ducks drive and then restarted it. A fumble by Jared Abbrederis of Wisconsin sealed the game for Oregon.

The Wisconsin Badgers had the ball with under six minutes left and down by seven. Russell Wilson had gotten the Badgers to their own 44 yard line, and then completed a 29 yard pass to Abbrederis which would have set up the Badgers in great field position. However, Terrance Mitchell managed to strip the ball just before Abbrederis could get out of bounds, and the ball per some miracle stays inside the field of play.

Chip Kelly was the first to notice, yelling and pointing at the ball. Oregn Michael dived on the ball to get the ball back for Oregon. Don't take my word for it though:

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2012 Rose Bowl Score: Alejandro Maldonado Field Goal Sets Record For Highest Scoring Rose Bowl

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers have not only given us a wildly entertaining college football game, but have also produced the highest scoring Rose Bowl in history. A 30-yard field goal by Alejandro Maldonado with 6:50 remaining in the fourth quarter made the score 45-38 Oregon, breaking the 21-year old record for most points scored by both teams in the Rose Bowl:

  • 83 points - 2012: Oregon 45, Wisconsin 38 (and counting)
  • 80 points - 1991: Washington 46, Iowa 34
  • 79 points - 1963: USC 42, Wisconsin 37
  • 79 points - 2006: Texas 41, USC 38
  • 75 points - 2005: Texas 38, Michigan 37
  • 73 points - 1986: UCLA 45, Iowa 28
  • 73 points - 1996: USC 41, Northwestern 32

The over/under for the 2012 Rose Bowl was 73 points, and the two teams hit that number with over five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Given that both teams combined to average over 90 points and 982 yards of offense, the high-scoring nature of this game is no surprise.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl Video: Lavasier Tuinei Scores Go-Ahead Touchdown For Oregon

The Oregon Ducks had the ball to start the fourth quarter, and they didn't waste time getting back on top on the scoreboard with Lavasier Tuinei catch a Darron Thomas 11 pass for a Duck go ahead touchdown. At 80 points, the game is now tied for the most points in Rose Bowl history. The next point scored will shatter the Rose Bowl all time record for points scored.

After a high falutin, high scoring first half, the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers seemed to be stepping up defensively in the third quarter. After Russell Wilson's touchdown pass, two consecutive drives (one for Oregon, one for Wisconsin) ended with interceptions. Darron Thomas of the Badgers thwarted a sure scoring drive at Wisconsin's 8 yard line, but Oregon was able to get the ball back by intercepting the ball still in Wisconsin territory.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack

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2012 Rose Bowl Score: Wisconsin Leads Oregon 38-35 After Third Quarter, With Ducks In Scoring Territory

The 2012 Rose Bowl is bound to go down as one of the most memorable in the 98 occurrences of the Granddaddy of them all. After three quarters of play in Pasadena, the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers lead the No. 6 Oregon Ducks 38-35. At 73 points already, there have only been four Rose Bowls with more points scored, with the record of 80 points set in 1991 when Washington beat Iowa 46-34.

Through three quarters, Badgers tailback Montee Ball has ran all over Oregon for 165 yards on 29 carries through three quarters. The Rose Bowl record for rushing yards in a game is 247 yards by Charles White of the USC Trojans in the 1980 Rose Bowl against Michigan.

Oregon freshman extraordinaire De'Anthony Thomas opened the second half scoring with a 64-yard touchdown run, his second long TD run of the game, giving the Ducks a 35-28 lead early in the third quarter. But, as has been the case all game, when one team scores the other one responds almost immediately.

Wisconsin got a 60-yard kickoff return from Jared Abbrederis which set them up in great field position for a drive that ended in a field goal to cut Oregon's lead to 35-31. Then, after Oregon punted for just the second time all game, Wisconsin answered with a nine-play, 73-yard drive that culminated in an 18-yard touchdown strike from Russell Wilson to Nick Toon in the front corner of the end zone for a 38-35 lead.

Oregon Darron Thomas has completed 12 of 16 passes for 190 yards on the day, but one of those incompletions was his seventh interception of the season, with about three minutes to go in the third quarter. Oregon left guard Carson York injured himself during the interception return and was carted off the field.

On the subsequent possession, Wilson threw his fourth interception of the season for the Badgers, giving Oregon the ball with a chance for the go-ahead score.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl Score: Russell Wilson Creates Another Touchdown, Wisconsin Leads 38-35 In Third Quarter

Wisconsin has taken the lead in the Rose Bowl again, thanks to a Russell Wilson touchdown pass to Nick Toon. Things had slowed down a bit with the Wisconsin Badgers settling for a field goal, and then the Oregon Ducks punting, but Wisconsin found some mojo on their last drive.

Set up by a big Wilson scramble on third down for 17 yards, Wisconsin had first and ten on the Oregon 18 yard line. Wisconsin went for the end zone right away, with Toon running a deep out to the front pylon and keeping his feet in bounds to put Wisconsin up by the field goal they settled for on the last drive.

As mentioned earlier, with 73 points the Ducks and Badgers have reached a point total only four Rose Bowls in history have ever managed to reach. As is mentioned in that article, the over/under for the game was set at 73 points, that marked being reached in the third quarter is certainly remarkable.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl Score: De'Anthony Thomas A Touchdown Machine, Oregon Leads 35-31 In Third Quarter

De'Anthony Thomas is having himself quite a day in Pasadena. The freshman all-purpose superstar for the Oregon Ducks has two rushing attempts so far in the 2012 Rose Bowl. Both have resulted in touchdowns, and a total of 155 yards, as Oregon leads the Wisconsin Badgers 35-31 in the third quarter.

Thomas set a Rose Bowl record for longest run from scrimmage with his 91-yard scamper in the first half, but added another with a 64-yard run in the third quarter that gave the Ducks a 35-28 lead. Watch as Thomas makes it look easy once he hits the corner:

Thomas is averaging a mere 77.5 yards per rushing attempt in the game. Oregon has run 32 plays so far in the Rose Bowl, and have scored 35 points. Just remarkable.

Of course, Wisconsin is no slouch on offense themselves, and they answered right back with a scoring drive of their own, getting a great kickoff return and driving 24 yards culminating in a 29-yard field goal by Philip Welch with 11 minutes remaining in the third quarter.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl Halftime Score: Oregon, Wisconsin Tied 28-28 After Wild First Half

The first half of the 2012 Rose Bowl was more like a pinball game than a college football affair, with the No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers lighting up the scoreboard in unprecedented fashion. After 30 minutes of play in Pasadena, we are tied at 28-28 in the highest-scoring first half in Rose Bowl history.

The previous record for most points in a first half of a Rose Bowl was in 1999, when Wisconsin led UCLA 24-21 at halftime.

In a game full of offensive highlights, perhaps the two biggest plays of the first half were defensive. With about five minutes remaining until halftime, Wisconsin eschewed the field goal attempt from the Oregon 17-yard line, instead opting to go for it on fourth-and-one. Russell Wilson rolled out to his right but was unable to run for the first down, getting sacked and allowing Oregon to take over on downs.

However, six plays into their drive, the Ducks provided the game's first turnover. Quarterback Darron Thomas was sacked by linebacker extraordinaire Mike Taylor, who forced a fumble that was picked up by defensive lineman Louis Nzegwu and run 33 yards into the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown:

The first half numbers were staggering. In addition to the 28 points apiece, Oregon and Wisconsin combined for more than 600 yards of offense in the first half. The Ducks amassed 341 yards and 13 first downs, while Wisconsin was no slouch with 296 yards and 16 first downs.

De'Anthony Thomas had the longest run from scrimmage in Rose Bowl history with 91 yards for Oregon, and his teammate LaMichael James has 77 yards on eight carries. Montee Ball ran for 123 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, passing Ron Dayne and catching Barry Sanders in the process.

Russell Wilson completed 10 of 13 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown for Wisconsin, while Darron Thomas completed nine of 12 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Take the next 20 minutes or so to catch your breath during halftime. Oregon gets the ball first to start the third quarter.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Montee Ball Joins Barry Sanders, Ron Dayne In Record Book

Running back Montee Ball has had quite a junior season for the Wisconsin Badgers. The first half of the 2012 Rose Bowl has been no exception, as Ball has marked his place alongside college greats Barry Sanders and Ron Dayne. Ball ran for a three-yard touchdown with 11:36 remaining in the second quarter to give Wisconsin a 21-14 lead at the time, on his 13th carry of the game.

That touchdown gave Ball 39 for the season, tying Sanders for the most touchdowns in one season in NCAA history:

Most Touchdowns, NCAA Single Season
Player School Year TD
Montee Ball Wisconsin 2011 39
Barry Sanders Oklahoma State 1988 39
Brock Forsey Boise State 2002 32
Troy Edwards Louisiana Tech 1998 31
Kevin Smith Central Florida 2007 30

In addition, Ball has run for 118 yards on 20 carries, putting him at 1,877 yards on the season, the most the country. Ball passed 2012 Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee Ron Dayne for the most rushing yards in a single season in Wisconsin school history. Dayne ran for 1,863 yards in 1996 and 1,834 yards in 1999. Before Monday, those were the only two seasons in Badgers history with more rushing yards than Ball in 2011.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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Rose Bowl 2012 Game Score: Oregon, Wisconsin Tied 14-14 After First Quarter Thanks To De'Anthony Thomas

The 98th edition of the Rose Bowl might turn out to be its most high scoring, if the first quarter is any indication. Russell Wilson, Montee Ball, and the Wisconsin Badgers had long touchdown drives on their first two possessions of the game, but the Oregon Ducks answered. De'Anthony Thomas ran for 91 yards as time expired in the opening quarter to tie the game at 14-14 in Pasadena.

Wilson threw a 38-yard play action touchdown pass to Jared Abbrederis to give the Badgers a 7-0 lead, the culmination of a 77-yard drive that took all of 3:12. After the Ducks tied the game on their first possession, Wilson marched Wisconsin down the field on another touchdown drive, this one 79 yards in 3:46, ending with a four-yard touchdown run by Wilson.

Ball ran for 78 yards on nine carries for Wisconsin in the opening quarter. He needed just 105 yards to pass Ron Dayne for the most rushing yards by a Wisconsin player in a single season.

The Ducks' first quarter touchdown drive took all of 127 seconds, with the big play a 35-yard pass to Lavaiser Tuinei that brought Oregon down to the one-yard line. LaMichael James punched the ball in for the tying score. James ran for 29 yards on just three carries in the opening 15 minutes. Ducks' quarterback Darron Thomas ran three times himself, but for just eight yards.

Oregon was forced to punt on its second drive of the first quarter, while Wisconsin punted on its third drive of the quarter.

The first quarter tallies: 182 yards, five first downs for Oregon; 172 yards, nine first downs for Wisconsin.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl Game Score: Oregon, Wisconsin Tied At 7-7 Early After Trading Quick Touchdown Drives

We knew going into the 2012 Rose Bowl that the No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers would provide a high-scoring affair. After the first drive for both teams, the game has lived up to the hype. Both teams had quick touchdown drives highlighted by passing plays of over 30 yards as the Rose Bowl is tied at 7-7 early in the first quarter.

Wisconsin won the coin toss and elected to receive the ball to start the game. After pounding the ball with Montee Ball on the ground for four consecutive plays, the Badgers passed on three straight plays, culminating in a 38-yard play action pass from Russell Wilson to Jared Abbrederis, who was wide open on his way to the opening score. The Badgers drove 77 yards on seven plays in just 3:12 on their opening possession.

Oregon answered right back with one of their patented lightning fast drives. The Ducks drove 80 yards on seven playes in just 2:07 in similar fashion to Wisconsin. Oregon ran on their first three plays of the game and four of their first five before Darron Thomas completed a 35-yard pass to Lavasier Tuinei down to the one-yard line. That set up LaMichael James for the equalizing touchdown, his first touchdown in three BCS bowl games.

For more news on Wisconsin football be sure to read Bucky's 5th Quarter. For more Oregon football analysis, Addicted To Quack.

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2012 Rose Bowl, Wisconsin Vs. Oregon: Ducks Favored By 4.5 Points In Expected High-Scoring Affair In Pasadena

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers figure to light up the scoreboard at the Rose Bowl on Monday afternoon. The two teams have combined for over 90 points and 982 offensive yards per game this season, so the end zone should be visited quite often. The over/under for the game is 73 points, per our friends at Odds Shark, and the Ducks are favored by 4½ points.

Both teams have hit the over in nine of their 13 games this season, and to surpass 73 total points at the Rose Bowl would be quite a feat. In the previous 97 Rose Bowls, the two teams have combined for 73 points just six times:

  • 80 points - 1991: Washington 46, Iowa 34
  • 79 points - 1963: USC 42, Wisconsin 37
  • 79 points - 2006: Texas 41, USC 38
  • 75 points - 2005: Texas 38, Michigan 37
  • 73 points - 1986: UCLA 45, Iowa 28
  • 73 points - 1996: USC 41, Northwestern 32

Expect the points to come fast and furious on Monday afternoon in Pasadena.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call.

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Rose Bowl 2012, Wisconsin Vs. Oregon: Badgers Special Teams, Ducks Secondary Causes For Concern

With the spotlight on Pasadena on Monday afternoon for the 2012 Rose Bowl, most of the spotlight will be on the offenses of the respective teams, and rightfully so. The Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers have combined for over 90 points and 982 yards of offense per game, on average, this season. But the keys to the game might just lie in other areas.

Wisconsin's special teams have had a trying year. Hillary Lee of the Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire wrote a preview of Wisconsin for the Oregon blog Addicted to Quack, and noted the Badgers' special teams woes. "Drops, kicks returned for seriously long yardage, poor kick coverage. Really, you name it, the Badgers have done it," Lee wrote. "It's been covered up during the year largely thanks to the dominant nature of Wisconsin's offense, but in close games (see: Michigan State during the regular season) it has made all the difference. If Oregon can own special teams, Wisconsin might be in trouble."

As for Oregon, their weakness might lie in the secondary. Adam Hoge at the Wisconsin blog Bucky's Fifth Quarter broke down the various defensive schemes and techniques the Ducks use to confuse their opponents, but also saw an opportunity for the Badgers to exploit:

Oregon's cornerbacks aren't great and they are battling injuries so if the Badgers can figure out the coverages, Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis could have a big day. That's a big "if" though, as I think UW's pass protection has been overrated this year. It's important for Peter Konz to play and the offensive line to perform well. Of course, Wisconsin's stellar running game should help keep the Badgers out of 3rd-and-long situations in which these defensive packages can be so dangerous.

The Rose Bowl will provide many opportunities for these weaknesses to be exploited, which should make for an exciting game.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call.

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Rose Bowl 2012: Oregon's LaMichael James And Wisconsin's Montee Ball: Multiple Ways To Greatness

It's not too often that you can get a matchup of this magnitude at one position. But today's Rose Bowl between the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers gets just that as arguably the top two running backs in the country - the Ducks' LaMichael James and the Badgers' Montee Ball - take the field for their respective squads.

James leads the nation in rushing yards per game at 149.6 and yards per carry (7.4). Ball is the nation's leader in total rushing yards (1,759) and is second all-time in single-season touchdowns with 38.

As told to ESPN's Brian Bennett, Ball and James recognize the differences in what they bring to the table and how the nature of their offenses and their running styles don't give a proper means of comparing the two juniors.

"What he brings to the table is speed, and I believe what I bring to the table is obviously a lot of power, strength and a little bit of speed as well," Ball said.

"You know, he's probably 215 pounds and I'm like 190," James said. "He runs in the I [formation]. I run in the spread. I don't really think there's a comparison between the two."

James will run around you and past you. Ball will run over you and through you. They stick to their strengths and the offenses they're in do a great job of exploiting those strengths.

But they did answer a question many people would love to ask: How would you do in the other back's system?

"I've thought about it a couple times, taking a lot of carries from the [shot]gun and stuff like that," Ball said. "It would be a lot of fun, obviously, getting the ball into open space."

"I know I would be successful in their offense," James said. "No. 67 [Wisconsin left tackle Josh Oglesby], I can just sit behind him all day."

Two of the best backs in the country step on the field looking for a Rose Bowl title. They might do it different ways, but as long as they do it, they'll leave their individually successful seasons with their heads held high and a trophy in their hands.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Oregon Vs. Wisconsin Game Preview, By The Numbers

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers provide one of the best matchups of the college football bowl season as they prepare to do battle in the 2012 Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Here is a preview of the matchup, by the numbers:

90.8: The number of combined points, on average, scored by the Ducks and Badgers this season. Oregon is third in the country with a 46.2 points per game, while Wisconsin is fourth at 44.6 points per contest.

982.1: The number of total yards on offense averaged by the two teams. Oregon is sixth in the nation averaging 515.2 offensive yards per contest, while Wisconsin is 15th at 466.9 yards per game.

Three: The number of seasons with 1,500 or more yards rushing by Oregon junior running back LaMichael James, including 1,646 yards this season. James, who leads the country averaging 150 rushing yards per game, is the only running back in Pac-12 history with three seasons of 1,500 rushing yards or more.

38: The number of touchdowns by Wisconsin junior tailback Montee Ball, including 32 rushing touchdowns and six receiving. Ball is one touchdown shy of tying the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a single season, set by Barry Sanders at Oklahoma State in 1988.

One: Both running backs can lay claim to being the top running back in the country. Ball leads the nation with 1,759 total rushing yards, while James leads the country with an average of 150 rushing yards per game.

200: James has run for 200 yards on the ground in four different games this season, and seven times in his college career. He had three consecutive games of 200 rushing yards earlier in the season, the first Pac-12 running back to do so since Marcus Allen for the USC Trojans in 1981.

61, 9: The number of combined touchdowns and interceptions, respectively, thrown by Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and Oregon signal caller Darron Thomas. Wilson, a senior transfer from North Carolina State, threw for 31 touchdowns and just three interceptions, including no picks in his last six games, a span of 139 consecutive passes with 16 touchdowns during that span. Thomas had 30 touchdowns for the second consecutive season, and has a total of 60 touchdowns and only 15 interceptions over the last two seasons.

19-1: Both teams are accustomed to leading at halftime, as Oregon and Wisconsin have each held a halftime lead in 10 of their 13 games this season. The Ducks are 10-0 when leading at the half, while Wisconsin is 9-1 in such games. The only loss for the Badgers this season after leading at halftime came on October 29 at Ohio State.

10: This is the third game of the season for both schools against a team ranked in the top 10 in either the Associated Press of USA Today coaches polls. Wisconsin is 2-0 in such games this season, with wins over Nebraska and Michigan State (in the Big Ten title game), and 3-5 against the top 10 under head coach Bret Bielema. Oregon is 1-1 against the top 10 this year, with a loss in their opening game to undefeated and top-ranked LSU and a win at Stanford that secured the Pac-12 North Division title for the Ducks. Oregon is 4-3 against top-10 teams under head coach Chip Kelly.

1917: The last time Oregon won the Rose Bowl, when they beat Penn 14-0. This is the Ducks' sixth trip to Pasadena, and second in the last three years.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call.

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Rose Bowl 2012, Oregon Vs. Wisconsin: Freshman De'Anthony Thomas One To Watch For Ducks

The 2012 Rose Bowl between the No. 6 Oregon Ducks and the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers is a star-studded affair between two high-powered offenses. Quarterback Russell Wilson and tailback Montee Ball grab the headlines for Wisconsin, while running back LaMichael James and quarterback Darron Thomas have the spotlight for Oregon. But for a dark horse candidate for possible Rose Bowl MVP, look no further than freshman De'Anthony Thomas for the Ducks.

Thomas has been quite an all-purpose weapon for Oregon this season. He is third on the team with 440 rushing yards behind James and Kenjon Barner. Thomas averages a whopping 8.3 yards per rush, and has scored five touchdowns on the ground.

Through the air, Thomas leads Oregon with 42 catches, 571 receiving yards, and nine touchdown catches. He is the only player in the country with 400 or more yards rushing, receiving, and kick returning. Thomas has returned two kickoffs for touchdowns this season, averaging 27.7 yards per return. He was named Pac-12 Conference co-offensive freshman of the year, sharing the honors with wide receiver Marqise Lee of the USC Trojans.

In total all-purpose yards, Thomas has racked up 1,921 yards through rushing, receiving, punt returns, and kickoff returns, second on the team to the 2,012 yards by James. The freshman Thomas and his 16 touchdowns is certainly someone to watch against Wisconsin on Monday.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call.

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Rose Bowl 2012, Oregon Vs. Wisconsin: Ducks Quarterback Darron Thomas

The Granddaddy of them all is upon us, with the No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers do battle in the 2012 Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Among the many compelling characters in the game is the man behind the controls of the mighty Oregon offense, junior quarterback Darron Thomas.

Thomas usually takes a back seat in recognition to running back LaMichael James, and with good reason, but Thomas has had a great season in his own right. In his second season as the Ducks' signal caller, Thomas has thrown for 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

This was the second straight season with 30 touchdown passes for Thomas, who holds the Oregon school record with 63 career touchdown passes. He has thrown a touchdown pass in 25 consecutive games, the second longest streak in the country behind fellow Rose Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson of the Badgers.

Over the last five games of the season, Thomas threw for 12 touchdowns and just one interception, completing 61.4% of his passes both during that span and for the season. Thomas has a passer efficiency rating of 155.19, good for 14th in the country. He has also run for 205 yards and three scores this season.

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2012 Rose Bowl Game, Oregon Vs. Wisconsin: Montee Ball, Record-Setting Badgers Running Back

The 2012 Rose Bowl game between the No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers features a battle of two high-powered offenses. Oregon ranks third in the nation averaging 46.1 points per game with Wisconsin right behind in fourth place with an average of 44.6 points per contest. Nobody has scored more often than Badgers tailback Montee Ball.

Ball has had an amazing junior season, leading the nation with 1,759 rushing yards and 32 rushing touchdowns. Ball also has six receiving touchdowns and is closing in on an NCAA record. Barry Sanders holds the all-time NCAA single-season record with 39 touchdowns in his Heisman Trophy year of 1988. Ball is just the fifth player ever with 30 touchdowns in a single season.

Most Touchdowns, Single Season
Player School Year TD
Barry Sanders Oklahoma State 1988 39
Montee Ball Wisconsin 2011 38
Brock Forsey Boise State 2002 32
Troy Edwards Louisiana Tech 1998 31
Kevin Smith Central Florida 2007 30

Sanders scored his 39 touchdowns in just 12 games while Ball will be playing in his 14th game of the season in the Rose Bowl. But Ball still compares favorably. Sanders had a whopping 394 total touches, scoring a touchdown once every 10.10 touches, while Ball has 275 rushing attempts and 20 catches, giving him a touchdown once every 7.76 touches this season. Ball has simply been a scoring machine.

Ball's numbers are even more impressive when considering he didn't have a carry in the fourth quarter in six of his 13 games this season. Ball on the season has just 41 carries in the fourth quarter for 294 yards, averaging 7.2 yards per carry.

Ball at 1,759 rushing yards has the third-highest single-season total in Wisconsin history. New Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee Ron Dayne ran for 1,863 yards as a freshman in 1996 and 1,834 yards as a senior in 1999, ending his senior campaign with a 17-9 Rose Bowl win over Stanford. Ball needs 105 rushing yards against Oregon to set a new school record for rushing yards in a season.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call.

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Rose Bowl 2012: For Wisconsin, Oregon, A Chance For Redemption

The 2012 Rose Bowl gives a rare matchup in the Granddaddy of them all, with the No. 6 Oregon Ducks facing the No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers. The folks in Pasadena on Monday afternoon will be treated to a game between two schools seeking redemption, as they lost the Rose Bowl in each of the past two seasons.

The 2011 game was an exciting contest that came down to the wire, as the No. 4 Badgers fell to non-BCS power and No. 3 TCU Horned Frogs. Wisconsin was down eight points, but tailback Montee Ball scored a touchdown with two minutes remaining to pull the Badgers to within 21-19. Unfortunately for Wisconsin, the two-point conversion failed and the Badgers fell. This is Wisconsin's eighth trip to the Rose Bowl and the second time they have played in back-to-back contests, as they won the 1998 and 1999 games behind new Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee Ron Dayne.

This is the third consecutive BCS bowl game for Oregon, who lost the BCS Championship Game to Auburn last year. They also lost the 2010 Rose Bowl to the Ohio St. Buckeyes, 26-17. The No. 7 Ducks fell behind early and were held to just 260 yards of total offense in the loss. Oregon was able to take a 17-16 lead early in the third quarter, but Terrelle Pryor and the Buckeyes were able to pull away. This is Oregon's sixth trip to Pasadena, and they are looking for their first Rose Bowl win since 1917, when the Ducks beat Pennsylvania 14-0.

This is just the third time in Rose Bowl history that the matchup features schools that have lost the previous two Rose Bowl games:

2007: USC (2006 Rose Bowl loser) 32, Michigan (2005 loser) 18
Both teams were smarting after losses to Vince Young and the Texas Longhorns in consecutive years in two of the most thrilling Rose Bowls in history.

1975: USC (1974) 18, Ohio State (1973) 17
This was the third consecutive season the Trojans and Buckeyes met in Pasadena on January 1, and USC was able to pull out a one-point win in head coach John McKay's final game at USC to secure a national championship.

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Rose Bowl 2012, Wisconsin Vs. Oregon: Time, Location, History And More

The 98th Rose Bowl Parade will take place on Monday, January 2nd, 2012. The No. 10 Wisconsin Badgers will face off against the No. 5 Oregon Ducks. We have all of your viewing information for following the game right here.

Time: Kickoff will be at 2:10 PM PST from Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA.

TV: The game will air nationally on ESPN and will also be streaming on the internet at ESPN3.

Betting Line: The Ducks are favored to win by between 5 and 6 points, according to our friends over at OddsShark. The over/under for the game is set at 72.

History: Oregon and Wisconsin have faced off against one another four times before 2012. The Ducks have come away with a win in all four of those previous meetings. The most recent game between the two was in 2001, which the Ducks won, 31-28

You can find even more information about the Rose Bowl game by visiting the official Tournament of Roses website.

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2012 Rose Bowl Odds, Oregon Vs. Wisconsin: LaMichael James, Russell Wilson Among Favorites To Win MVP

The 2012 Rose Bowl gives us one of the best matchups of the college football bowl season, as the lightning quick Oregon Ducks face the high-powered offense of the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday in Pasadena. When trying to forecast the possible game MVP, there are four obvious candidates that stand out: Russell Wilson and Montee Ball of Wisconsin, and LaMichael James and Darron Thomas of Oregon.

The quarterback / tailback combos have fueled a pair of offenses that have combined to average over 90 points and 982 yards of offense per game. Looking at the prop bets from ScoresandOdds.com, here is a peek at how these four are expected to perform in the Rose Bowl.

Badgers quarterback Wilson has an over/under of 238.5 passing yards and 29.5 rushing yards, and averaged 246 yards of total offense per game during the season.

His backfield mate Ball averages a tick under 140 yards of total offense per game and has an over/under of 130.5 yards in Monday's game. Ball has scored 38 touchdowns so far this season, one shy of Barry Sanders' NCAA record set in 1988 while at Oklahoma State. Ball is a -180 favorite to score a touchdown in each half in the Rose Bowl.

James is the nation's leading rusher and the first running back in Pac-12 history to have three separate seasons with 1,500 or more rushing yards. James averaged just a tick under 150 rushing yards per game, and has an over/under of 141.5 yards in the Rose Bowl. James has seven games of 200 rushing yards or more, including four such games this season.

Thomas is the most unheralded of these four players, but at the controls of the powerful Oregon offense he has a chance to put up MVP numbers in the game. The over/under for Thomas in the Rose Bowl is 17 completions and 224.5 yards, after a second straight season with 30 touchdown passes, this year against only six interceptions.

All signs point to a high-scoring affair in Pasadena on Monday. If you are into forecasting the Rose Bowl MVP, stick to this quartet and you won't go wrong.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Oregon Ducks Fans Attend Sunday's Blazers Vs. Clippers Game

The Oregon Ducks are preparing to take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Monday in the 98th Rose Bowl. It appears that the Ducks and their army of fans have staged a mini-invasion of Southern California in anticipation of the event.

First, a tidal wave of Ducks fans took over the Santa Monica Pier for a pep rally on Sunday afternoon. Later in the evening, a sizable number of Oregon rooters headed to the Staples Center to watch another Oregon team play, according to Lindsay Schnell of The Oregonian.

The Los Angeles Clippers hosted the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night and plenty of Oregon fans turned out to cheer for another home-state team...even if they were mostly cheering for the Ducks.

Throughout the game, shouts of "Go Ducks!" rang out from the top levels, and one fan in section 322 even started an Oregon "Ooohhhh!" chant during a timeout.

The Clippers ended up earning their first home win. They also handed the Blazers their first loss of the season, but that didn't stop Ducks fans from enjoying themselves. The basketball game was just the appetizer. Monday's Rose Bowl will be the main course.

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2012 Rose Bowl, Wisconsin Vs. Oregon: Badgers Quarterback Russell Wilson One To Watch

Among the various compelling characters of the 2012 Rose Bowl between the No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers is a player who wasn't even at his current school at this time last year. Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson has had quite a year in his one year with Wisconsin.

In 2010, the junior Wilson threw for 3,563 yards and 28 touchdowns for the North Carolina St. Wolfpack, leading them to a nine-win season and a victory over West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl. He was a two-sport player, also playing in the Colorado Rockies' minor league system. Wilson graduated from NC State, but had one year of eligibility remaining. He decided to transfer to Wisconsin, and has been taking graduate courses in Madison.

"This is an unusual situation, especially for a program that prides itself on developing players throughout their careers, as we do here at Wisconsin," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema told the Associated Press in June. "However, this is a special situation and Russell is the type of player and person that fits very well with our team."

To say Wilson fit in very well with the Badgers is an understatement. He has a 191.6 passing efficiency rating that is second only to Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, and Wilson's 31-to-3 touchdown/interception ratio is the best in the country. Wilson has gone 139 straight passes without an interception, throwing 16 touchdowns during that span.

Wilson needs just 121 passing yards in the Rose Bowl to become the first Wisconsin passer ever to throw for 3,000 yards in a season. He was the MVP of the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game after throwing for 187 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Michigan State that secured Wisconsin their Rose Bowl berth.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call.

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Oregon Vs. Wisconsin: Will Rose Bowl Be Final Game For LaMichael James Before Entering NFL Draft?

The 2012 Rose Bowl between the No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers features several compelling characters. One of those is Oregon tailback LaMichael James, one of the best running backs in the history of the Pac-12 Conference. James will end up in the NFL eventually, but the only question is when?

James leads the nation in rushing, averaging 150 yards per game on the season. He ran for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns in 11 games for the Ducks in 2011, his third consecutive season of 1,500 or more yards rushing. James is the only running back in Pac-12 history with three different seasons of 1,500 or more yards.

James ran for 200 or more yards in four different games this season, including becoming the first Pac-12 running back with three straight 200-yard games since Marcus Allen of the USC Trojans in 1981. James has run for 200 or more yards seven different times in his career.

He is 123 yards behind former Oregon State running back Ken Simonton for second-most rushing yards in Pac-12 history. James, a junior, might need to get those yards in the Rose Bowl alone, as speculation is that he will be turning pro and entering the 2012 NFL draft. James has said that he will wait until after the Rose Bowl to announce his decision, as he didn't want his draft status to be a distraction heading into the Rose Bowl.

James, who averaged an astonishing 7.4 yards per carry during the 2011 season, combined for just 119 yards on 28 carries, an average of 4.3 yards per carry in the Ducks' last two bowl games, both losses.

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Rose Bowl Parade 2012 Route And TV Viewing Information [PHOTO]

Before the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers face off in the 2012 Rose Bowl on Monday, the Los Angeles area will once again host the world-famous and historical 123rd Tournament of Roses Parade. The Parade will begin at 8:00 AM PST and will be televised live on KTLA 5 in Los Angeles. Full coverage, including backstage looks at the floats, will begin on KTLA at 6:00 AM. You can also watch the event streaming on the KTLA website.

More: Updated 2012 NFL mock draft.

There will be 91 floats in total at the parade, which will begin at the corner of Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena. The parade will travel north on Orange Grove before turning east onto Colorado Boulevard, which is where the bulk of the parade route and most viewing areas are located. The parade will turn north on Sierra Madre Boulevard and end at Sierra Madre and Villa Street.

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via www.tournamentofroses.com

You can find much more information on the parade, including a number of videos, at KTLA's web site. You can find full details on the parade and all related events by visiting the official Tournament of Roses website.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Oregon Ducks Players Take Time To Visit Los Angeles Children's Hospital

The Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers have been spending the week in Souther California leading up to the 2012 Rose Bowl in Pasadena. They have spent the week visiting attractions and landmarks, attending awards ceremonies and galas and of course getting in some practices.

But the Ducks at least have found the time to devote to more humanitarian efforts, according to Thomas Boyd of The Oregonian. The entire Oregon Ducks team visited the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday to visit a 13-year-old Ducks fan who was paralyzed in a recent Pop Warner Football accident. The child, Donovan Hill, is reportedly a die-hard Oregon fan and was excited to meet some of his favorite players. You can find a video of the meeting at Oregon Live.

It's great to see that the Ducks are spending time connecting with their fans and brightening some days while they're in Los Angeles.

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2012 Rose Bowl: J.R. Martinez Named 2012 Tournament Of Roses Parade Grand Marshall

The Rose Bowl, dubbed "The Granddaddy of them All," will be played between the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks, the Big Ten and Pac-12 champions. But, of course, it's not all about football. The Rose Bowl has more pageantry leading up to it than all other bowl games combined. I'm talking, of course, about the Tournament of Roses Parade.

The parade was a tradition that started in 1890 when Pasadena's Valley Hunt Club organized it as a New Years celebration. To help fund the parade, the Rose Bowl football game came into being in 1902, making it the oldest bowl game in the country. Now the parade serves as an opening celebration for the big game and is seen by millions on TV every year.

Each year, a Grand Marshall is selected by the President of the Tournament. Former Grand Marshalls have included Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bob Hope and Richard Nixon. The 2012 Grand Marshall will be J.R. Martinez, a former U.S. Army infantryman and currently an actor and motivational speaker. Martinez suffered burns over 40 percent of his body while serving in Iraq in 2003. While he was recovering from his wounds, he traveled around the country as a motivational speaker to many organizations including corporations, schools and military groups. He stars on the daytime drama All My Children and was the winner of Dancing With The Stars' 13th season on ABC.

The parade will start at 8 a.m. PT and will feature 43 floats, 21 bands and approximately 400 horses. To watch the festivities, tune into NBC, ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, RFD-EV, Tribune, Univision and Sky Link TV.

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2012 Rose Bowl Inducts Ron Dayne, Dick Enberg, George Fleming Into Hall Of Fame

Every year the Rose Bowl enshrines multiple members into the Hall Of Fame for their efforts both on and off the field. At the induction ceremony on the afternoon of December 31, 2011, the Rose Bowl will induct Ron Dayne, Dick Enberg, George Fleming and others into the Hall Of Fame. All three will be present at this year's game between the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers.

"The Rose Bowl Hall of Fame recognizes the finest class of individuals to have played, coached and contributed their talents on the hallowed field of the Rose Bowl Stadium," said Tournament of Roses Interim Executive Director Bill Flinn. "We are proud to annually induct a class which will be honored for years to come through this ceremony."

Ron Dayne started four years at running back for the University of Wisconsin. During his career as a Badger, he set the NCAA Division I-A rushing record for total yards gaining 1,863 yards as a freshman, 1,421 as a sophomore, 1,325 as a junior and 1,834 as a senior.

Dayne led the Badgers to bowl games each season with his most impressive performances coming in the 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowl Game victories where he rushed for 246 yards and 200 yards, respectively. Dayne won MVP honors in both games, becoming only the third player in the history of the Rose Bowl Game to repeat as MVP - and the first Big Ten player; a record still held today.

Dick Enberg began his full-time broadcasting career in 1965 in Los Angeles as the radio and television voice of the California Angels, UCLA basketball and the Los Angeles Rams. Before joining NBC, he was named California Sportscaster of the Year four times.

Enberg took over as lead play-by-play announcer for the network's telecast of the Rose Bowl Game in 1980. He would be in the booth in Pasadena every year until ABC picked up the broadcast in 1988. In 1974, he won an Emmy for coverage of the Rose Parade. Enberg's versatility is reflected in the fact that he is the only person to win national Emmy Awards as a sportscaster, writer and producer.

Senator George Fleming served as a running back, kicker, kick returner, punt returner and defensive safety for the University of Washington Huskies. In his second year, the Huskies posted a 10-1 record and reached the 1960 Rose Bowl Game. At running back, Fleming scored one touchdown and helped set up his team for two more; he also kicked a field goal and five extra points. For his performance, he was named the Rose Bowl Game's co-most valuable player with Bob Schloredt. Washington went on to defeat Wisconsin, 44-8.

In 1961, the Huskies returned to the Rose Bowl Game. Fleming scored the game's first points on his 44-yard field goal, which at the time, was the longest in Rose Bowl Game history. He went on to convert the extra point for Washington's next two touchdowns and helped cap another Rose Bowl Game victory-this time against Minnesota, 17-7.

This information courtesy of an official release from the Rose Bowl Committee. The 2012 Rose Bowl will be played on January 2, 2012.

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2012 Rose Bowl: House Of Pain, Isley Brothers Will Be Represented

The 2012 Rose Bowl between the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks is just a few days away, but new wrinkles in the pageantry surrounding the Pasadena institution are emerging all the time. The latest such tidbit involves the musical traditions of both teams.

The Wisconsin Badgers have long utilized the seminal House of Pain track "Jump Around" to pump up the home crowd. Similarly, the Oregon Ducks fans expect to sing along to "Shout" by the Isley Brothers to bring things to a fever pitch at home games. Rose Bowl officials have long denied any individual school traditions beyond respective marching bands, in the interest of maintaining a neutral venue.

But things may be a bit different this year. According to Adam Mertz of the Wisconsin State Journal, Rose Bowl officials have agreed to play both tracks, one after the other, during the third quarter break. There was apparently an influx of requests for the tracks from both fanbases.

It's nice of the Rose Bowl to oblige the fans and it will probably be a lot of fun to watch the two sides try to out-hype one another in succession.

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2012 Rose Bowl, Odds: Wisconsin 5 Point Underdog to Oregon

As the countdown to the 2012 Rose Bowl continues to march on, it's about that time to figure out whether or not you'd like to place some of your hard earned money on the line for some of these Bowl games. This matchup between the Oregon Ducks and Wisconsin Badgers in particular will draw a lot of interest around the sports books, but who you going to take?

Well, according to Oddshark.com the Ducks opened as a 4.5 point favorite over the Badgers, but many online gambling sites have bumped that up to 5.5 or even six. This game also has an over/under of around 72, so the bookies certainly are anticipating some offense from these two. You should too.

The test of this game is who's defense will be superior, because both have arguably the two most dangerous offenses in college football right now. Either way it's going to be a bruiser, chose wisely before placing your bets.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Oregon's Mark Asper Uses Heimlich To Save Choking Man At Lawry's Beef Bowl

When out at the Lawry's Beef Bowl Wednesday night,, Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Mark Asper was in for a bit more than he bargained for when a fellow dinner began to choke at the annual supper in Pasadena, CA. Asper sprang to action, saving an older man's life using the Heimlich Maneuver. All in a day's work for the Ducks' big man.

Here's the Register-Guard's Adam Jude via Twitter:

Oregon OL Mark Asper just saved an older man who was choking at Lawry's. Using Heimlich Maneuver.

According to Jude, a server was trying the Heimlich first, but wasn't doing so hot, so Asper stepped in. Once it was over, the older man was very gracious (sort of), while Asper was still worried about his safety:

"I was afraid I was going to break his ribs," Asper said. The old guys response: "Thanks, but you broke my glasses."(He was kidding, I hope)

They might have been really expensive glasses though. You never really know.

Is this a good omen for the Ducks heading into the Rose Bowl? Who knows. Either way, way to be an exemplary citizen Mr. Asper, we can all take a note from your playbook sir.

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2012 Rose Bowl Schedule, Oregon Vs. Wisconsin: Lawry's Beef Bowl Starts Wednesday

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks and No. 9 Wisconsin Badgers will do battle on the field on Monday in the 98th Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena. But before they face off on the field, the two teams will battle in the annual Lawry's Beef Bowl, a carnivorous tradition that dates back to 1957.

Over Wednesday and Thursday, players and coaches for both Oregon and Wisconsin will meet at the famous Lawry's Restaurant in Beverly Hills to see which school can eat the most prime rib. This is the 56th Lawry's Beef Bowl, making the tradition older than 30 of the 35 bowl games being played this season.

In the history of the event, more than 76,000 pounds of prime rib have been consumed by Rose Bowl-bound teams, with just under 20,000 players and coaches served. In the 55 years of the event, the Beef Bowl winner has won the Rose Bowl Game 39 times, a .709 winning percentage.

The USC Trojans have participated in the most Lawry's Beef Bowls with 21, and the Michigan Wolverines are second with 17. Michigan has the most Beef Bowl wins with 13. The Purdue Boilermakers hold the record for most prime rib eaten in one Beef Bowl with 734 pounds consumed prior to the 2001 game.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call. Stay tuned for more updates as the game approaches.

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Rose Bowl 2012: Oregon And Wisconsin Counties Place Their Bets

The Oregon Ducks are getting ready for their big Rose Bowl showdown with the Wisconsin Badgers, as are their respective hometowns.

As we all know, college football is serious business, so an honor as prestigious as the Rose Bowl understandably carries with it a certain competitive gravitas. A victory would carry enormous bragging rights for the winning team and by extension, the winning town, state and populace.

Bill Novak of the Capital Times reports that the County Boards of the way-too-similarly-named Lane County, Oregon and Dane County, Wisconsin, have wagered hearty gift baskets of locally-made foods and products to be sent to the winning host county of the eventual winner of the game. If exchanging wines and cheeses wasn't serious enough, the heads of the respective boards have pledged to wear the colors of the winning team at a future County Board meeting. The kid gloves are apparently off.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. 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.

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2012 Rose Bowl Game: Wisconsin Badgers To Wear Modified Uniforms On January 2

The Wisconsin Badgers are taking a page out of the Oregon Ducks' playbook - or maybe it's the Ducks' closet.

The Badgers will wear modified jerseys during the Rose Bowl according to a tweet from Badger Football that quoted Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema during a post-practice press conference today.

It's awakened some curiosity as to what exactly the Badgers have in store. The Big Ten isn't known for its flash, outside of maybe the Michigan Wolverines, so seeing some flavor from the Badgers would be an intriguing element in a game where they face the flashiest team in the nation in Nike Town's Ducks.

Bielema spoke on various topics during his press conference including how he's talked to three Pac-12 coaches about how to game plan for Oregon and how the Badgers will focus on "shorter, faster, crisper" practices during bowl prep. Bielema seemed confident that his guys will be ready to go.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call. Stay tuned for more updates as the game approaches.

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Rose Bowl 2012: LaMichael James To Announce NFL Draft Decision On January 3

Perhaps the 2012 Rose Bowl game won't be the final college football game for Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James after all. Despite earlier reports that James, the leading rusher in the nation, would declare for the 2012 NFL Draft, the Ducks' tailback insisted that he hasn't yet made his decision on whether or not to turn pro.

"There’s really nothing going on," James told Rob Moseley of the Eugene Register-Guard. "I don’t really know what happened with that deal. But I know my family called me, like, ‘You declared for the draft?’ I think it’s kind of an unfair statement for somebody to go out and say something I didn’t say."

James said he will not reveal his decision until after the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on January 2. As for the game itself, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly told reporters after practice on Sunday that Wisoncsin was a "sound" defensive club and that Oregon would have their hands full.

"They have two outstanding linebackers in [Chris] Borland and [Mike] Taylor that are in the top 11 of the country in tackles," Kelly said. "They tackle extremely well in space. It's a very well coached defense."

Borland and Taylor will have to stop a Ducks' offense that averaged 46.2 points and 516 yards per game this season. James ran for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns in 11 games, leading all of FBS averaging 149.6 yards per contest. He ran for over 200 yards in four different games this season.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call. Stay tuned for more updates as the game approaches.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Oregon Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti Hopes Ducks Defense Can Contain Wisconsin

The 2012 Rose Bowl will pit the number three scoring offense in college football, the Oregon Ducks, against the number four scoring offense, the Wisconsin Badgers. When the two teams meet on January 2, however, the game may come down to who has the stronger defense. Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti believes the Ducks will be that team.

Ken Goe of the Oregonian talked to Aliotti recently and broke down some of the coach's winning numbers. Notably, Aliotti's teams have won or shared in seven conference championships in his 16 seasons as a major defensive coordinator. The Ducks and their defense are heading to their third straight BCS game under Aliotti.

Perhaps most significant is the fact that in the 2011 NCAA football season, the Oregon Ducks defense ranked first in both fewest yards allowed per play and sacks. They also ranked second in interceptions.

With credentials like those, it appears that the vaunted Badgers offense will more than have their hands full at the Rose Bowl.

You can keep up with all Oregon news and information over at Addicted to Quack. You can follow the Wisconsin faithful at Bucky's Fifth Quarter. The full bowl pairings can be located right here.

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2012 Rose Bowl: LaMichael James Likely Playing His Final Game For Oregon Ducks

The 2012 Rose Bowl is a great football game, but in the BCS era its significance feels slightly diminished. The game still is of primary importance to fans of either team, but the outcome doesn't seem to matter quite as much as it once did.

Still, Oregon Ducks fans might really be into this one, because it could be the last game LaMichael James ever plays in an Oregon uniform. Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian has the report.

James is perhaps the greatest Oregon football player ever, and definitely the most successful, having been part of Oregon's three straight conference championships in both the Pac-10 and Pac-12. James will leave Oregon as their all-time leading rusher--as a junior! The Ducks will probably be playing at full throttle in this one and try to ensure their best playmaker on the field goes out on the most positive note.

To discuss the prospect of James playing his final game, go to Addicted to Quack (Oregon's SB Nation community) and Bucky's 5th Quarter (Wisconsin's SB Nation community).

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2012 Rose Bowl Game: Oregon Practice Sessions Focusing On Younger Players

The Oregon Ducks are getting into fighting shape to take on the Wisconsin Badgers in the 2012 Rose Bowl in Pasadena on January 2.

The Ducks have kicked off their two weeks of practice that will lead up to the big game, but their first four practices have taken on an interesting lean, according to Rob Moseley of the Register-Guard. It seems that the more tenured Ducks starters are taking some time to rest up and recover from injuries following the long regular season. In the interim, they're handing the ball -- literally -- to the younger players.

"Right now we’re letting a lot of the younger dudes get reps, get a feel for the defense," linebacker Josh Kaddu said. "We’re getting back healthy right now."

You can be sure that the extra time to relax and recuperate a bit is much-appreciated by the older players, who just wrapped up final exams in the past week. It's a smart move all around. The stars will get time to recover, and the younger players are getting extra practice time and extra snaps that will make them just that little bit more prepared when they are called upon to produce further down the road.

You can keep up with all Oregon news and information over at Addicted to Quack. You can follow the Wisconsin faithful at Bucky's Fifth Quarter. The full bowl pairings can be located right here.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Cliff Harris Dismissal Will Have Minimal Impact On Oregon Ducks

Cliff Harris was supposed to be one of the most spectacular playmakers for the Oregon Ducks this season along with athletes like LaMichael James, Josh Huff and De'Anthony Thomas. Unfortunately, it never materialized on the field for Oregon because Harris had too much trouble getting on it.

Harris was suspended by the Ducks before the season, during the season, and was finally kicked off the team after being cited for marijuana possession earlier this year.  Harris will thus of course not be on the field against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl, although considering how little he's done this season, it's not likely that he would make much of a difference.

And Oregon has done fine this year without Harris. Redshirt freshman Terrance Mitchell has stepped in and proved to be a more than capable replacement. James and Kenjon Barner are the main punt returners, so I doubt the Ducks have lost any steps in terms of actual playmaking.

To discuss the Harris suspension with Oregon fans, go to Addicted to Quack. To discuss the suspension with Badgers fans, check out Bucky's 5th Quarter.

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2012 Rose Bowl: Oregon and Wisconsin To Put On Show, Badgers D Could Be Difference

It's set and it's time. The Rose Bowl will feature the Oregon Ducks against the Wisconsin Badgers on Jan. 2 at 5:00 pm ET in Pasadena.

The Rose Bowl isn't called ‘The Daddy Of Them All' for no reason. While LSU and Alabama bludgeon each other to death with two of the best defenses of a generation in the national championship game, Oregon and Wisconsin will play a game of ‘catch me if you can' with offenses ranked in the top five in the country.

Oregon ranks third nationally in scoring offense and Wisconsin sits at fourth. Both teams haven't scored fewer than 27 points in a game this season. You have running backs in Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Oregon's LaMichael James who are among the top players at their positions.

There has been anticipation all season for these two teams to meet in this game and, even with a scare or two, it came to fruition. Oregon finished 11-2, with one of its losses to LSU. The Ducks are fifth in rushing yards per game and their defensive ranking (48th in points against) is deceiving due to how many blowouts they've been involved in this season.

Wisconsin brings an 11th ranked rushing game but its defense may decide this contest. The Badgers D is sixth in the country, holding teams to 17.0 points per game. Now, no one is saying they'll hold the Ducks to that amount but the Badgers are used to playing hard-nosed defense. If the Badgers can give their offense a chance to put points on the board against a solid but unspectacular Ducks defense, it could be the difference in the game.

Just know the Rose Bowl should once again be a showcase during bowl season. Now, all we can do is sit and wait for the fireworks.

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2012 Rose Bowl, Oregon Vs. Wisconsin Odds: Ducks Favored By Five Points Over Badgers

The pairing for the 2012 Rose Bowl game is at long last officially official. On Sunday night, the BCS announced that the Pac-12 champion Oregon Ducks will face the Wisconsin Badgers in Pasadena on January 2nd.

The early odds have been released for the game, and the Ducks are currently favored by five points, according to our friends over at OddsShark. Wisconsin finished the season with an overall record of 11-2 and won the Big Ten Championship Game over Michigan, 42-39. The Ducks won the Pac-12 Championship and also finished with an 11-2 overall record, with an 8-1 record in conference play.

The teams look fairly evenly matched on paper, but the explosive speed of the Ducks can be difficult to contain, and oddsmakers seen to be doubting that the Badgers will be able to contain LaMichael James and his cohorts.

You can keep up with all Oregon news and information over at Addicted to Quack. You can follow the Wisconsin faithful at Bucky's Fifth Quarter. The full bowl pairings can be located right here.

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2012 Rose Bowl Game: Oregon And Wisconsin Head Coaches Trade Compliments

The 2012 Rose Bowl is set for a rarer-than-you-might-think traditional Pac-12 versus Big Ten matchup between the Oregon Ducks and the Wisconsin Badgers.

The two teams seem to be very familiar with one another and each head coach had glowing words for the opposing team on Sunday, according to AP sports writer Greg Beacham. Wisconsin had head Bret Bielema had this to say:

"The great thing about this bowl game matchup is it’s the direct opposites of offensive philosophy," Bielema said. "You want to have unique matchups, and for us to play Oregon in one of the best environments for football anywhere, it’s going to be so unique. It’s going to draw a lot of attention."

Oregon's Chip Kelly also seems to be quite enthused about the game. He offered the following comments:

"They’ve got a lot of weapons, not just that big, strong offensive line," Kelly said. "You’re probably going against the best quarterback-running back combination in college football. It’s fun to watch them — probably not as much fun when you’re playing them."

The key to this game for both teams will be controlling running game. If the Badgers can find a way to contain LaMichael James and his exceptionally speedy fellow Ducks running backs, they could likewise lean on tailback Montee Ball, they can showcase their offense which has earned them back-to-back Big Ten championships.

You can keep up with all Oregon news and information over at Addicted to Quack. You can follow the Wisconsin faithful at Bucky's Fifth Quarter. The full bowl pairings can be located right here.

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Rose Bowl 2012: Oregon Ducks Try To Win In Pasadena For First Time Since 1917

The Oregon Ducks will have a big matchup coming up against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Rose Bowl. But there are historical implications, as Oregon wants to win one of their Rose Bowl trips.

Oregon has been to five Rose Bowls in their century of playing competitive West Coast football, but they have only won once, in their first trip in 1917. Here's a brief look at their history in Pasadena.

  • 1917: Oregon beat Pennsylvania 14-0 thanks to a touchdown pass and run by Shy Huntington.
  • 1920: Harvard beat Oregon 7-6 in a game which established the tradition of an East Coast team facing a West Coast team in Pasadena on New Year's Day.
  • 1958: Ohio State beat Oregon 10-7, although Ducks quarterback Jack Crabtree won the Player of the Game award in defeat.
  • 1995: Penn State beat Oregon 38-20 as Ki-Jana Carter dominated the game on the ground for the Nittany Lions.
  • 2010: Ohio State dominated the ball and the clock in a 26-17 victory over Chip Kelly's squad. 

Oregon looks to reverse history and end 95 years of futility when they take on the Badgers on January 2nd.

To discuss Oregon football with Ducks fans, head to Addicted to Quack.

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Rose Bowl 2012: Oregon Ducks Vs. Wisconsin Badgers

The college football bowl selection show isn't until Sunday evening, but the one bowl matchup we already know is the Granddaddy of them all. The 2012 Rose Bowl will feature the Oregon Ducks, champions of the Pac-12 Conference, and the Wisconsin Badgers, champions of the Big Ten Conference. Here are the basic details of the January 2 matchup in Pasadena.

Date: Monday, January 2, 2002

Time: 2:10 p.m. PST kickoff

TV: ESPN (and ESPN3 online), with Brent Musberger, Kirk Hirbstreit, and Lisa Salters on the call

Records: Oregon (11-2), Wisconsin (11-2)

Rose Bowl History: This is the eighth Rose Bowl for Wisconsin, who is 3-4 all-time in Pasadena. The Badgers lost 21-19 to TCU in last year's game. This is the sixth Rose Bowl for Oregon, who lost the 2010 game 26-17 to Ohio State.

Series History: These two schools have meet four times, though the last time was in 2001. Wisconsin has won three of the four meetings against Oregon.

Key Players: Oregon's LaMichael James and Wisconsin's Montee Ball might be the two best running backs in all of college football, leading all of FBS in yards per game and total rushing yards, respectively. It might come down to a battle of the mobile quarterbacks. Russell Wilson threw 31 touchdowns and only three interceptions this season for Wisconsin, completing a whopping 72.5% of his passes. Oregon's Darron Thomas threw for 30 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

Bet The Over: Oregon is third in the nation averaging 46.2 points per game, while Wisconsin is fourth at 44.6 points per contest.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PST. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Herbstreit, and Erin Andrews on the call. Stay tuned for more updates as the game approaches.

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Rose Bowl 2012, Oregon Vs. Wisconsin: A Matchup Of Great Offenses & Great Running Backs

Wisconsin is 3-1 all-time against Oregon, but the two schools haven't faced one another since 2001.

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