The Wisconsin football team will play in the Rose Bowl for a third straight time when they take on Stanford Tuesday afternoon in Pasadena, California. The Badgers have lost the last two Rose Bowls, falling to TCU 21-19 in 2011 and losing to Oregon 45-38 in 2012. There is one major difference between those Wisconsin teams and this one and that is the fact that Barry Alvarez and not Bret Bielema will serve as the Badgers head coach. Alvarez, who has a record of 3-0 in the Rose Bowl, thinks a win would be a great lesson for his team…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/ALVAREZ1.mp3|titles=ALVAREZ1]
Junior center Travis Frederick feels that Wisconsin’s preparation for the Rose Bowl under Coach Alvarez has been a bit different than the past two seasons…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/FREDERICK1.mp3|titles=FREDERICK1]
The Badgers (8-5) qualified for the Rose Bowl by beating Nebraska in the Big 10 Championship Game 70-31 while the Cardinal (11-2) beat UCLA in the Pac 12 Championship Game, 27-24. Wisconsin senior running back Montee Ball was asked if Stanford is reminiscent of a team from the Big 10…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/BALL1.mp3|titles=BALL1]
Senior Curt Phillips will start at quarterback for the Badgers, but freshman Joel Stave is also expected to get some time. Stave has been out since breaking his collarbone in Wisconsin’s October 27th loss to Michigan State. Phillips has no problem sharing snaps with Stave…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/PHILLIPS1.mp3|titles=PHILLIPS1]
Offensively, Wisconsin and Stanford are similar in the fact that they are run first teams. Junior defensive lineman Ethan Hemer believes that fact will benefit the Badgers…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/HEMER1.mp3|titles=HEMER1]
You can hear the 99th Rose Bowl on 93.9 FM WDOR. Coverage begins Tuesday at 2 PM. Kickoff is at 4:10 PM.
Wisconsin is the first five-loss team to play in the Rose Bowl. The are ranked 23rd in the USA Today Coaches Poll and received votes in the AP Media Poll. Stanford is 8th in both polls.
Wisconsin is 4-0-1 all-time versus Stanford.
The Badgers are 3-5 in the Rose Bowl while the Cardinal are 5-6-1. The two teams met in the 2000 Rose Bowl with Wisconsin winning, 17-9.
Wisconsin is the third Big 10 team to play in three consecutive Rose Bowls joining Ohio State (1973-76) and Michigan (1977-79).
Barry Alvarez becomes the second Rose Bowl Hall of Fame inductee to coach in the game after enshrinement. Rick Neuheisel was inducted in 1998 and led Washington to the game in 2001.
Big 10 Bowl Games:
Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas – Texas Tech beat Minnesota, 34-31
Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl – Michigan State beat TCU, 17-16
Gator Bowl – Northwestern vs. Mississippi State (11 AM)
Heart Of Dallas Bowl – Purdue vs. Oklahoma State (11 AM)
Outback Bowl – Michigan vs. South Carolina (12 PM)
Capital One Bowl – Nebraska vs. Georgia (12 PM)