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.
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Dan Conroy kicked a 47-yard field goal with 1:01 left, Le’Veon Bell ran for 145 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and Michigan State rallied to beat Texas Christian 17-16 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl on Saturday night. BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart gives you his three impressions from this game.
With five Big Ten football teams playing in Jan. 1 bowl games, it’s time to get ready for Tuesday’s college football marathon with BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s bowl previews. And don’t forget to watch BTN for three bowl shows Tuesday, including our pregame show at 11 a.m., our Rose Bowl pregame show at 4:30, and our wrap-up show at 9 p.m.
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D.J. Johnson returned an interception 39 yards and Ryan Bustin made a 28-yard field goal as time expired to give Texas Tech a 34-31 comeback victory over Minnesota on Friday night in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Seth Doege found Eric Ward on a short pass, and he outran a defender for a 35-yard scoring play to tie it at 31 with just more than a minute remaining. Read three things BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart spotted about the Golden Gophers while monitoring this bowl game, plus see video highlights and quarter0by-quarter recaps in this post.
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.
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.
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Michigan came close to winning the Legends Division but still is in search of its first league title since 2004. A win here would prime the program for a strong run in 2013, as this is a young roster. Three of the team’s four losses were to the top three teams in the nation: Notre Dame; Alabama; Ohio State. The other was to 10-win Nebraska.