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David Shaw and Bret Bielema sidled up to each other in a Texas hotel last year at an awards banquet and struck up a conversation about how much each coach admired the other's football program.
Perhaps it's no surprise that Shaw, the Stanford coach, and Bielema, the Wisconsin coach, hit it off. The similarities in their styles of play are obvious: Two pro-style offenses with hard-nosed defenses that grind out victories with regularity.
So when Wisconsin (8-5) won the Big Ten championship Saturday night to earn a spot in the Rose Bowl against Pac-12 champion Stanford (11-2), both coaches were delighted about the prospects of facing one another.
"This is going to be probably the first team really for both of us that it's almost kind of like a mirror image," Shaw said Sunday night on a Rose Bowl teleconference.
The similarities in personnel and success are eerie.
Wisconsin ranks No. 13 nationally in total defense (320.9 yards per game), while Stanford is No. 21 (33...
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Wisconsin took the ball and ran away with another Big Ten title.
Montee Ball ran for 202 yards and three touchdowns and the Badgers scored seven touchdowns on their first nine possessions, blowing out No. 14 Nebraska 70-31 to win their third straight, and most improbable, Big Ten title on Saturday night.
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INDIANAPOLIS –Wisconsin got it done on the ground as they crucified No. 13 Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten championship game.
James White and Montee Ball combined for seven rushing touchdowns on Saturday as the Badgers qualified for their third straight Rose Bowl.
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Nebraska coach Bo Pelini spent nearly four hours watching Saturday night's debacle.
He needed less than 10 minutes to pin the blame on himself.
Wisconsin's Montee Ball ran for 202 yards and three more touchdowns, and the dominant Badgers blew out No. 14 Nebraska 70-31 in the Big Ten title game.
It's the third time in four years, the Cornhuskers have gone home empty...
You would think after at 70-31 score line and after Montee Ball got done stiff arming and plowing over Ciante Evans for about the umpteenth time that Wisconsin proved it belonged on the same field as Nebraska, let alone proved it was a worthy champion of the Big Ten?
However, apparently that wasn't enough for one writer out there. According to SI's Stewart...
INDIANAPOLIS Melvin Gordon couldn't help but hear the unrest from Wisconsin football fans displeased with his lack of touches this season. If he was really being honest with himself, he knew a running back with his talent was capable of so much more than he'd been given the opportunity to show.
But he also knew running backs at Wisconsin don't appear on campus and instantly...
In an article I wrote earlier in the week, I picked the Nebraska Cornhuskers to beat the Wisconsin Badgers, 28-24, in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Clearly, I was wrong.
Wisconsin took Nebraska behind the woodshed en route to a Big Ten Championship Game victory. (Image credit: Brian Spurlock, US PRESSWIRE via USAToday.com)
On Saturday night, the Wisconsin Badgers brutally dismantled...
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I don't know about you, but for myself the past two Rose Bowl seasons have been amazing journeys full of ups and downs, what could've beens and all that comes with it. But, this one, this 3rd one in a row, well it just smells and tastes that much sweeter. No doubt the Badgers had to overcome certain things in 2010 and 2011 to get to the championship...