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Published on January 2, 2012 by   ·   1 Comment

rose-bowl-logoThe Rose Bowl has been called the “granddaddy of them all” being the oldest bowl game in college football. The first game to be played was in 1902 when Michigan beat Stanford 49-0. After a 14 year absence, the Rose Bowl has been played every year since 1916.

For most of this time, the matchup featured the Big Ten Champion against the Pac-12 (or Pac-10/Pac-8) Champion. The Pac-12 had the better of these meetings overall since the meetings were more like a home game for the Pac-12. Now and then this will be broken when the Rose Bowl is the national championship game or when another bowl claims the Big Ten/Pac-12 winner.

This season, the Oregon Ducks (11-2) face off against the Wisconsin Badgers (11-2) in the 2012 Rose Bowl Game.

Oregon started the year off with a loss at a not-so-neutral stadium against the possible national champions LSU Tigers. It looked like they might have set up for the rematch instead of Alabama until they lost a rare game at home against USC.

While the Ducks defense isn’t very remarkable, it is more than made up for by their offense which is #3 in the nation, scoring over 46 points a game.


Meanwhile, it has been another year which the Wisconsin Badgers make the Rose Bowl. They were almost unbeaten this year; the Badgers lost back-to-back games on Hail Mary passes to Michigan State and Ohio State.

Wisconsin also has a very potent offense, ranked #5 with 44 points per game, led by their rushing game and Monte Ball. The Badgers have also got one of the better defenses in the nation. However, this defense got shredded by the Spartans in Big 10 championship game. The Badgers were very lucky to get a late running into the kicker penalty to win the game.

This game has all the hallmarks of a shootout. Oregon takes less than 10 seconds between offensive plays and scores TDs in bunches. If Wisconsin wants to win this game, their defense is going to have to find some way of slowing Oregon’s offense down.


I just don’t see this happening. Oregon is too potent offensively and Wisconsin is not going to be able to match them in this game.

I have Oregon winning the Rose Bowl by the final score of 48-38.

2011 Rose Bowl

TCU has to feel like they are getting the raw end again. They were undefeated last year and the BCS threw them up against fellow undefeated non-BCS automatic qualifier Boise State; they lost the 2010 Fiesta Bowl 17-10.

With the current system, they don’t have much of an argument because Oregon and Auburn should be playing for the National Championship. All they can do is prove they belong by beating Wisconsin. Fortunately for TCU, they may avoid this fate in upcoming years because they are set to move to the Big East conference and their automatic BCS qualifier.

Previous Bowl Results

USC had been a fixture for the Rose Bowl playing in 5 of the last 7 games. They are currently banned from playing in a bowl game both this year and next year. Ohio State won last year’s game in impressive fashion over Oregon, who is playing for the national championship this year.

This is TCU’s first trip to the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin has played in the rose bowl 6 times and has a 3-3 record; but they have won their last three straight trips.


TCU lost in the Fiesta Bowl last year to undefeated Boise State 17-10. They are 11-14-1 in bowl games. TCU played in several Sugar, Orange and Cotton bowl in the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s; but they only had 3 appearances in bowl games between 1960 and 1998. Since then, they have only missed a bowl game once in 2004.

Wisconsin is a program that can into its own in the 1990’s and have since been competing for Big Ten titles every year. They have actually played in less bowl games than TCU with an 11-10 record overall. Wisconsin (9-3) won their bowl game last year against the Miami Hurricanes (9-3) in the Champs Sports Bowl by the score of 20-14.

Rose Bowl Breakdown

RecordsTCU: 12-0; Wisconsin: 11-1
All Time Bowl RecordTCU: 11-14-1; Wisconsin: 11-10
Key WinsTCU: Oregon State 30-21, Baylor 45-10, Utah 47-7; Wisconsin: Ohio State 31-18, Iowa 31-30, Michigan 48-28
Key LossesTCU: none; Wisconsin: Michigan State 34-24

TCU cruised threw the Mountain West Conference this year. The closest game was a 5 point game against San Diego State, but none of the other games were closer than 17 points. They also beat two good non-conference teams in Baylor and Oregon State.

Wisconsin had the lone blemish on their record when they lost to Michigan State in their Big Ten opener. Since that, they haven’t looked back and have beaten several good teams like Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan. They decided to run up a couple of the scores late in the season because they were trying to get the best BCS ranking that they could. Their offense put up 83 against Indiana and 70 against Northwestern.

Points For/GameTCU: 43.3; Wisconsin: 43.3
Points Against/GameTCU: 11.4; Wisconsin: 20.5
Offensive Yards/GameTCU: 491.5; Wisconsin: 450

TCU has the top ranked defense in the league in points allowed, only averaging a little more than 10 points a game. A lot of the shutouts, 3 and 7 point games were against inferior opponents in the MWC, but only two teams scored more than 20 points on them this season.

Both teams are tied in points for with 43.3 points per game. TCU is one of the best rushing teams in the country, but Wisconsin’s running game is not far behind.


TCU is currently a 3 point favorite in this game. As crazy as this sounds with both teams scoring 43 points a game, I think that this is going to be a defensive battle. This is the way that both of these teams traditionally play in bowl games.

Both of these teams are running teams, that why I expect the score to be something like 20-14. I’m going to pick Wisconsin to win and take the under (57).

Bowl Game Results

Now, if you bet against the Big Ten today, you did really, really good as they slump to 0-5 on New Year’s Day. This isn’t a really bad loss for Wisconsin; TCU is a very good team. The two Michigan schools are going to make today look a lot worse for the conference as a whole.

The final score was 21-19 which keeps me undefeated so far on my over/under picks.

2010 Bowl Record – 14-12

Previous Rose Bowl Highlights

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