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Location: Pasadena, CA
Date: Monday, January 2
Time: 5:00 pm EST
TV: ESPN

Game Preview

Courtesy Rose Bowl and CollegeFootballPoll.com
January 1, 2012

PASADENA, Calif. – The No. 10 BCS ranked Wisconsin Badgers, champions of the Big Ten Conference, and the No. 5 BCS ranked Oregon Ducks, Pac-12 Conference champions, meet in the 98th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO at 2:10 p.m. PT (5:10 p.m. ET) on Monday, January 2, 2012, at the historic Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena.

"The Tournament of Roses is excited to welcome the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oregon to play in the granddaddy of them all," Tournament of Roses President Rick Jackson said. "To welcome the winners of the inaugural Big Ten and Pac-12 Conference Championship Games is an honor."

Wisconsin finished the year with an 11-2 overall record (6-2 in conference). The Badgers earned the Big Ten Conference BCS automatic qualifier after defeating the Michigan State Spartans 42-39 in the first-ever Big Ten Football Championship Game.

The Badgers are making their second consecutive and eighth appearance all-time in the Rose Bowl Game. Wisconsin is 3-4 in its Rose Bowl Game appearances after losing 21-19 to TCU last year.

Overall, the Badgers are making their eleventh consecutive bowl appearance and are 11-11 all-time.

Oregon closed out the season at 11-2, (8-1 in conference) and defeated the UCLA Bruins 49-31 in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Conference Championship Game to earn the Pac-12 BCS automatic qualifier. The Ducks are making their sixth appearance in the Rose Bowl Game, third consecutive BCS bowl appearance and seventh straight bowl trip.

Oregon is one of only ten programs nationally to play in a bowl game in at least 18 of the past 22 seasons.

The Ducks have won three consecutive outright titles in the PAC-10/PAC-12. Wisconsin was co-champion of the Big Ten last year and outright champion this year.

This is the first meeting between the teams since 2001 and just their fifth meeting of all time. The last time they met, the Ducks avenged three earlier defeats when they downed the Badgers 31-28.

Two of the nation's top offenses will be featured as Oregon ranks 4th in total offense and 3rd in scoring. Wisconsin ranks 14th in total offense and 5th in scoring.

The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com project Wisconsin as a 1.73-point winner.