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.
Wisconsin isn’t apologizing for being the first five-loss team ever in the Rose Bowl. The Badgers will proudly punch their third ticket in a row to Pasadena, thanks largely to a defense that played well all season. This team’s grit in the face of adversity also is admirably, as the offensive line coach was canned two games into the season; three quarterbacks have started games; and now, head coach Bret Bielema has bolted. Wisconsin 2012 Date Opponent Result / Time 9/1 vs. Northern Iowa W 26 – 21 9/8 at Oregon State L 7 – 10 9/15 vs. Utah State W 16 – 14 9/22 vs. UTEP
BTN and BTN2Go will have live coverage Friday beginning at 11 a.m. ET of the University of Wisconsin press conference announcing Gary Andersen as the new head football coach. BTN2Go is a live 24/7 multi-platform extension of BTN that lets fans watch the TV network live wherever they are via the internet, mobile phone or tablet. Andersen was officially hired as the Badgers’ new coach Thursday, and will be formally introduced at Friday’s news conference. He replaces Bret Bielema, who left the Badgers for Arkansas this month. “I don’t know if I can really have a word for how excited
It’s the holiday season. Time is precious. There are many options when it comes to Big Ten bowl games but there are also five of them on Jan. 1 alone. Which ones should you watch? What should you watch for in each? That’s where I come in with my nifty ranking of the Big Ten bowls from 1-7. So, sit back, put down the remote, pick up your eggnog and candy cane and read on. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] 1. Rose Bowl, Jan. 1. Wisconsin vs. Stanford. It’s the “Granddaddy of ‘em All!” Need I type more?
Wisconsin will hire Utah State’s Gary Andersen as its next coach, the Big Ten Network confirmed Tuesday night. The Wisconsin State Journal first reported the news. Badger fans may be familiar with Andersen, whose team lost at Wisconsin on Sept. 15 this season, 16-14, only after missing a 37-yard field goal in the dying seconds to allow Wisconsin to escape. Unlike the departed Bret Bielema who needed to be groomed for the job, Andersen brings a strong background as a head coach to Wisconsin. But like Bielema–and Wisconsin A.D. Barry Alvarez–Andersen brings a defensive background to the job. Andersen, 48,
Seven Big Ten teams are playing in bowl games, beginning with Minnesota vs. Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl on Dec. 28 and ending with Wisconsin vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Which Big Ten team needs to win their bowl game the most? BTN’s Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith have two different choices, and host Dave Revsine chimes in with a third possibility. Vote your choice in this post. When asked for one team, DiNardo listed three: Wisconsin, Michigan State, and Nebraska. Pressed to choose one, he takes Wisconsin, but DiNardo added, “Those other two are
Jacksonville Jaguars assistant head coach/defensive coordinator Mel Tucker interviewed for the Wisconsin job on Friday, a source close to the search confirmed. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule | Vote on Big Ten bowl winners ] Tucker is a former Badger who was part of Barry Alvarez’s first recruiting class. Tucker is a Cleveland native who also has coached for Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns. Wisconsin, which plays in its third consecutive Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013, is looking to replace Bret Bielema, who became the Arkansas head coach days after leading the Badgers to its second
Every week this season, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) and Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) offered their predictions for each Big Ten football game and provided polls for fans to pick their winners. We’re doing the same this bowl season. Heading into the games, BTN.com fans are atop the season standings, two games ahead of Dienhart. See our bowl predictions and choose your winners in this post. [ RELATED: View our 2012-13 bowl schedule ] SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 75-22; .773 Tom: 73-24; .753 Brent: 69-28; .711 Meineke Car Care Bowl: Minnesota (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (7-5) – 9 p.m. ET Dec. 28