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.
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