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Badgers QB Curt Phillips gets sixth year

News that Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips received a sixth season of eligibility is good for the Badgers—and for Phillips, who has endured a lot in his career. New Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig will have many options to choose from when it comes to selecting a quarterback with Danny O’Brien back for his senior season and Joel Stave back for this sophomore campaign along with Phillips. And freshman Bart Houston also is back after a redshirt season. Congrats to #Badgers @CurtPhillips10 on getting your 6th year approved. See you in the spring #BacktoSchool — Badger Football

Dienhart's early 2013 football power rankings

The final punctuation mark has been put on the 2012 season and we closed that latest chapter. Now, we turn the page and look toward 2013. Before you know it, spring football will be here. In anticipation of the fall of 2013, here’s my early, early—and I mean EARLY—look at how the Big Ten could stack up from 1-12. 1. Ohio State. The Buckeyes welcome back lots of talent from a team that went 12-0 in Urban Meyer’s debut. What can Meyer do for an encore? Most of the talent is on offense. And the schedule is very manageable. Bottom

Video: Watch our Montee Ball highlight reel

Last week, “Big Ten Football Report” compiled a Denard Robinson highlight package; this week, it was Montee Ball’s turn. And just like Robinson’s video, Ball’s 2012 piece does not disappoint. It should come as no surprise, though, as the 2012 Doak Walker Award winner ripped off his share of individual highlights this season on his way to becoming the NCAA career touchdown leader. Watch the video now. Check out Ball’s career stats below: Year Team G Rush Yds Yd/Rush TDs Rec Yds Yd/Rec TDs 2009 Wisc 9 98 391 4.0 4 9 92 10.2 0 2010 Wisc 12 163 996

Dienhart: 'End of one era, beginning of another'

When it comes to motivation, few push buttons better than Barry Alvarez. Heading into the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford, Alvarez had bracelets made for players that read “I’m In” and “I’m On.” But the players had to earn the rubber jewelry through their position coach. The idea: Get players to focus on the Rose Bowl, the task at hand—and to zone out the background noise surrounding the program. And there was a lot of background noise, set off by Bret Bielema’s stunning departure for Arkansas just days after leading the Badgers to a third Rose Bowl bid with a dominating 70-31

How did we do? Big Ten bowl predictions revisited

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

Badgers drop third straight close Rose Bowl

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

Gallery: 2013 Rose Bowl in photos

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.

Wisconsin to bust out red pants at Rose Bowl

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

Big Ten web links: Final installment of 2012

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

Photos: Rose Bowl - Wisconsin vs. Stanford

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 ]