Every week this season, Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) and myself (@BTNBrentYarina) offered our predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We continued it this bowl season, and BTN.com fans and Dienhart each went 7-0, meaning the former claims the 2012 crown. Dienhart was two games off the pace, while yours truly finished a distant seven games out. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] FINAL RECORDS BTN.com fans: 82-22; .788 Tom: 80-24; .769 Brent: 75-29; .721 Meineke Car Care Bowl: Texas Tech 34, Minnesota 31 Tom’s pick: Texas Tech, 35-21 – The Gophers
Stepfan Taylor rushed for 89 yards and an early touchdown, Kevin Hogan passed for 123 yards, and No. 8 Stanford’s dominant defense shut out Wisconsin in the second half of a 20-14 victory in the 99th Rose Bowl on Tuesday night. Usua Amanam made the decisive interception near midfield with 2:30 to play as the Pac-12 champion Cardinal (12-2) won their first Rose Bowl since 1972. [ RELATED: See our 2013 Rose Bowl photo gallery ] Stanford didn’t score many style points, but the Big Ten champion Badgers (8-6) couldn’t score many points at all while losing the Granddaddy of
The Rose Bowl is one of sports most picturesque settings, what with the perfect Pasadena weather and the San Gabriel mountains as a backdrop. Every year, we here at BTN.com love seeing pictures from the Rose Bowl, and that’s why we’re compiling a photo gallery from Tuesday’s Wisconsin-Stanford game. See the gallery in this post.
Just as it did in its 1999 Rose Bowl win over UCLA, Wisconsin will wear red pants Tuesday against Stanford in Pasadena. The Badgers, who incorporated roses into the uniform and helmet in last year’s game, also went with red pants against TCU in the 2011 game. [ RELATED: Northwestern to wear new matte helmet in Gator Bowl ] Wisconsin announced the uniform decision Monday on Twitter, with this tweet: Red or white? Well, here's your answer… #Badgers #Pasathreena pic.twitter.com/zWCiVjwT — Badger Football (@BadgerFootball) December 31, 2012 [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule | Who wins Big Ten bowl
This may be the last day of 2012, but it’s the first for Big Ten league hoop action. What a great place to begin my daily links! QUESTIONS FOR THE HAWKEYES: Iowa plays host Indiana today, taking the lid of a much-anticipated Big Ten season. Rick Brown of the Des Moines Register takes a look at 12 questions facing Iowa entering Big Ten action. No. Iowa doesn’t figure to win the Big Ten, but it has a great shot to play in the NCAA tourney for the first time since 2005-06. Big picture, Brown says Indiana, Michigan and Minnesota are
Wisconsin will play in its third consecutive Rose Bowl on Tuesday. The Badgers (8-5), who beat Nebraska in the Big Ten title game to advance to Pasadena, take on Pac-12 champ Stanford (11-2). View a photo gallery from all the festivities leading up to the Rose Bowl in this post. [ RELATED: Check out our 2012-13 bowl schedule ]
Andy Ludwig will be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Wisconsin, according to a source close to the situation, and the school is expected to make an announcement Saturday. Ludwig worked with new Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen at Utah from 2009-10, when Ludwig was offensive coordinator and Andersen was defensive coordinator. Ludwig, 48, was offensive coordinator at San Diego State the past two seasons. He also has been offensive coordinator at Cal (2009-10), Oregon (2002-04), Fresno State (1998-2001) and Cal Poly (1997). About Tom Dienhart BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart is a veteran sports journalist who covers Big Ten football
If you like tough, physical, smash-mouth football, you’ll love this game. Wisconsin and Stanford are mirrors of each other in many ways. The Badgers are in the Rose Bowl for a third season in a row. The last Big Ten team to pull off that feat was Michigan after the 1976-78 seasons. Sunday at 7 p.m. ET Watch the one-hour “BTN Football Report: Bowl Preview” on BTN TV and BTN2Go as our analysts look at the five New Year’s Day bowl games involving Big Ten teams. But it’s time to win one, as Wisconsin has lost to TCU and Oregon
Wisconsin’s Barry Alvarez joined his Badgers football team at Disneyland on Wednesday as part of the traditional kick off to the week’s festivities leading to the historic game in Pasadena on Tuesday. They were welcomed by Mickey Mouse, who high-fived the head coaches. “I thought these days are over,” said Alvarez, who has returned to coach this one game for Wisconsin after Bret Bielema left for Arkansas. “It’s like a Christmas present for me.” Read the full story on the event here. And below are a few photos from the event. If you’re living in a colder place than Pasadena,
Gary Andersen sounded like a confident and prepared coach. Soon, he’ll get the chance to prove it, as he was introduced today as the new Wisconsin coach. “This is an exciting day for the Badger football program,” said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez. “I believe we did our due diligence and have the right fit.” And with that, the Andersen era has begun following the shocking departure of Bret Bielema to Arkansas on Dec. 4, just days after leading the Badgers to a 70-31 win over Nebraska in the Big Ten title game. Wisconsin’s 2013 Schedule Aug. 31 UMASS Sept.