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LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The war for the roses will be decided on Jan. 2, when the Pac-12 Champion Oregon Ducks take on the champions of the Big-10, Wisconsin Badgers. Both teams are coming off their conferences inaugural championship games after both conferences went through the expansion process.
Entering the game both teams have an 11-2 record and rank in the nation’s top -5 scoring offenses. No. 6 Oregon ranks third nationally with its average of 46.2 points per game and the No. 10 Badgers rank fifth (44.6).
The running game could be the key for both squads with each team having a Doak Walker Award winner — Montee Ball (2011) and LaMichael James (2010). This season’s Heisman Trophy finalist, Ball is having one of the most impressive scoring seasons for any running back in FBS history. His 32 touchdowns rank second all-time. He also finished with 1,759 yards on the ground.
Oregon’s James was not invited to the Heisman Ceremony in New York City for the second consecutive year des...
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PASADENA, Calif. -- Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has made history at the Rose Bowl, tying the single-season NCAA FBS record for touchdowns scored.
Ball matched Barry Sanders' mark of 39 with a three-yard run with 10:52 remaining in the second quarter. The score pushed Wisconsin in front of Oregon 21-14 and gave Ball 88 yards rushing on 13 carries.
The 5-foot-11, 210-pound...
Records fell left and right. The 2012 Rose Bowl set a new record for most points scored in a quarter, half and entire game. The Wisconsin Badgers saw their tailback Montee Ball tie the college football record for most TDs in a season.
The UW quarterback, Russell Wilson set a new season mark for passer rating. But it still wasn’t enough as the Oregon Ducks won their first Rose...
Oregon Ducks football blogger Travis Koehler points out the Ducks have not won a Rose Bowl since 1917. The Wisconin Badgers behind Badgers running back Montee Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist and needs one touchdown to tie Barry Sanders (39) for the all-time single-season record, stands in their way. Oregon has its own former Heisman finalist at running back in LaMichael James.
Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson will enter the 98th Rose Bowl game with a passer rating of 191.6.
I bring this up because Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III just finished the 2011 season (including the wild Alamo Bowl win) with a pass efficiency of 189.5, which broke the FBS (previously known as college football Division-1A) single season record formerly held by Hawaii’s Colt...
Rose Bowl Preview: Wisconsin vs Oregon
Grasp this. Oregon and Wisconsin are two of 12 teams since 1996 to score at least 80 touchdowns in a season. In a season! Now Oregon has done it twice along with Oklahoma. Take your seat folks, please fasten your safety belts as this one could be a fast paced game that gives you a thrill ride like you have not seen in years. The...