With their dominating performance in Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game, the Wisconsin Badgers secured a third consecutive spot in the Rose Bowl. But if the Badgers want to leave their impression in Pasadena, they know they have to do more than keep making the New Year's Day bowl; they have to beat the Stanford Cardinal.
"It's okay to get there, but you need to win it," Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema told reporters after Saturday's Big Ten title game. "We're going out there on a mission to play a great team in Stanford. We know we have work to do."
The Badgers are just the third Big Ten team to make the Rose Bowl in three consecutive seasons, following the Ohio State Buckeyes (four consecutive trips, 1973-76) and the Michigan Wolverines (1977-79).
Wisconsin's fifth trip to the Rose Bowl in the BCS era is also their ninth trip all-time. After winning both the 1999 and 2000 editions of the bowl, Wisconsin will try to avoid becoming the first team to drop three consecutive Rose Bowls since Michigan did exactly that in their run of berths in Pasadena in the late 1970s.