Phillip Fulmer is in his 16th season at Tennessee and overall with a record of 146-45 (.764). The Volunteers' offensive coordinator is David Cutcliffe (recently announced as the new head coach at Duke, whom he will join after the bowl game) and the defensive coordinator is John Chavis.
Bret Bielema is in his second season at Wisconsin and overall with a record of 21-4 (.840). The Badgers' offensive coordinator is Paul Chryst and the defensive coordinator is Mike Hankwitz.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN TENNESSEE HAS THE BALL
Erik Ainge is 25-10 as a starter in his career. Ainge is third in Tennessee history in career passing yards with 8,335 and third in total offense with 8,106 yards. Arian Foster had 815 yards rushing, 245 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in eight games prior to the SEC Championship, but rushed for only 55 yards and caught two passes for 20 yards in that game. Lucas Taylor leads the team with 73 catches for 1,000 yards.
Jack Ikegwuonu led the Big Ten with 14 passes defended in conference games and ranks second in the league in overall games with 16 passes defended. Matt Shaughnessy leads Wisconsin with 16 tackles for loss. Shane Carter leads the conference and ranks No. 3 nationally with seven interceptions. Jonathan Casillas is Wisconsin's leading tackler for the second consecutive season (he has 86 thus far). Nick Hayden is third on the team in QB sacks and fourth in tackles for loss.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN WISCONSIN HAS THE BALL
Jerod Mayo led the team with 15 tackles vs. LSU and with a career-high 19 stops at Kentucky including a sack and a TFL. Mayo leads the team with 127 tackles, followed by Rico McCoy with 106 and Ryan Karl with 82. Eric Berry has 32 tackles and three interceptions in the last four games. Berry has five interceptions and 222 INT return yards this season, which is a single-season school record. Jonathan Hefney is third on the team with 88 tackles.
Travis Beckum led the nation's tight ends with 960 receiving yards. Kraig Urbik has started 38 consecutive games for the Badgers. Tyler Donovan, who is 11-3 as a starter at Wisconsin, ranks fourth in the conference in pass efficiency. Paul Hubbard made 13 catches for 278 yards in an injury-shortened seven games this season. P.J. Hill, also hampered by injury, has rushed for 1,080 yards and 14 TDs.
Daniel Lincoln is seventh in the SEC in field goal percentage (21-of-28,.808) and 51-of-52 on PATs through 13 games. Lincoln kicked his career-long 48-yard field goal vs. South Carolina. Dennis Rogan replaced Hefney as the punt returner before the Louisiana-Lafayette game. Rogan averages 10.7 yards per punt return and 30.3 yards per return.
Taylor Mehlhaff led the team in scoring with 100 points, converting 20-of-24 field goals and 40-of-41 PATs. He finished the season first in the Big Ten, averaging 1.67 field goals per game. Mehlhaff was also a Lou Groza semifinalist and an All-Big Ten selection for the second consecutive season in addition to being named AFCA All-American. Ken DeBauche's 43-yard average in conference games ranked second in the Big Ten.
Record: UT, 1-0 • Last: UT, 28-21 (1981 at Garden State Bowl)
Tennessee and Wisconsin have met just once previously on the gridiron, and that matchup was also of the bowl variety... The Volunteers defeated the Badgers 28-21 in the Garden State Bowl in East Rutherford, N.J., on Dec. 13, 1981... That win capped UT's 1981 season with an 8-4 mark under head coach Johnny Majors ...Tennessee owns a 6-5 all-time bowl record against current members of the Big Ten Conference ...A Tennessee win over Wisconsin would give Fulmer a school-record eight bowl wins.