2011 Rose Bowl
As many as 20,000 Wisconsin football fans jammed the Santa Monica Pier in southern California Thursday in preparation for the 2011 Rose Bowl. Speakers at the rally included Governor Jim Doyle, and Badger legends Ron Dayne, Barry Alvarez, among others. Badger coach Bret Bielema called the turnout “unbelievable” and said the people of Wisconsin are “second-to-none.”
The Badgers logged an impressive 11-1 mark during the regular season and shared the Big Ten Conference title with Ohio State and Michigan State after posting a school-record-tying 7-1 league ledger. Today will be the Badgers’ fourth Rose Bowl since 1994, and their seventh appearance overall. The Badgers are 3-3 in their six previous Rose Bowl appearances, and they have won the last three games played in Pasadena. Wisconsin has averaged 45.2 point per game in conference action this year, setting a new school record and serving as the second-best mark in Big Ten history! The Badgers are the only team to have three running backs who have gained at least 800 yards on the ground this season: James White (1,029 yards, 14 TD’s), John Clay (936 yards, 13 TD’s) and Montee Ball (864 yards, 17 TD’s).
TCU Horned Frogs
Like their counterpart, the TCU Horned Frogs have a potent offense which averages 43.3 plays per game on 491.5 total yards per game. The TCU ground attack is just as punishing as the Badgers, churning out 261.2 yards per game and accounting for a whopping 39 touchdowns. TCU, which has won 26 of its last 27 games overall, is 11-13-1 all-time in bowl games, which includes a 7-4 mark under Gary Patterson. The Horned Frogs own a 15-3 record in their last 18 games against teams from a BCS conference. The series between these two teams boasts just one previous meeting, that coming in 1970 and ending in a 14-14 tie in Wisconsin.
What to Expect?
Expect the Badgers to attack TCU with a game plan similar to the one they used versus Ohio State this season. Wisconsin used one- or two-receiver sets on each of its first 12 plays from scrimmage in that game, allowing them to bulk up with two or three tight ends and one- or two-back formations. Wisconsin ran the ball between the tackles on 10 of those first 12 plays and the two passes it attempted were bubble screens.
The Horned Frogs are very active up front on defense, but TCU simply does not match up well against Badgers outside tackle Gabe Carimi and the nation’s most physical offensive line.
The 122nd Rose Parade kicks off the new year today (8am PT, 11am ET) live from Pasadena, California. A top Google trend each year, the 2011 parade theme is Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories and features gorgeous floats that are elaborately decorated.
The following networks will broadcast the Rose Bowl Parade on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. The Hallmark Channel will re-broadcast the parade at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Watch the 97th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO (2:10 p.m. PT 5:10 p.m. ET) The game will be televised on ESPN .