Wisconsin vs. Oregon: Game Time, Radio and TV Coverage Info for Rose Bowl

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2011

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03:  Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates after they won 42-39 against the Michigan State Spartans during the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Wisconsin Badgers are hoping for a better outcome in the Rose Bowl this time around, but beating the Oregon Ducks is no easy task. 

Both teams excel on offense, with the Badgers averaging 44 points per game and the Ducks averaging 46. Neither will stray from this, meaning it'll be a high-scoring affair sure to please all those who tune in.  

The elites in this game are some of the most dynamic playmakers in college football. Look for LaMichael James, Darron Thomas, Russell Wilson and Montee Ball all to have outstanding games. 

With that said, let's take a look at some specifics in this postseason showdown. 

When: Monday, Jan. 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET 

Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Watch: ESPN, ESPN3.com 

Listen: WIBA 1310 AM in Madison, KUGN 590 AM in Eugene 

Betting Line: Oregon (-6) per vegasinsider.com

Key Storyline 

Will the Badgers fare better in the 2012 Rose Bowl? 

Last year, Wisconsin faced TCU and many expected it would have no trouble. That wasn't the case and the Badgers lost in an upset. 

This time around, the Badgers have a better offense, but they're also up against a prolific offense that scores at will. 

Who Might Not Play for Wisconsin

*According to USA Today

LB Ethan Armstrong (leg): Questionable 

WR Fred Willis (ankle): Questionable 

OL Dallas Lewallen (knee): Questionable 

OL Peter Konz (ankle): Questionable 

QB Jon Budmayr (elbow): Questionable 

EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 26: Running back De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks runs down the sidelines with a pass reception in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Autzen Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Eugene, Oregon. The D
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Who Might Not Play for Oregon 

*According to USA Today

DE Terrell Turner (elbow): Probable 

DE Dion Jordan (ankle): Probable 

CB Anthony Gildon (neck): Probable 

WR Keanon Lowe (foot): Probable 

RB De'Anthony Thomas (undisclosed): Questionable 

WR Justin Hoffman (knee): Questionable

LB Rodney Hardrick (knee): Questionable

WR Ben Butterfield (undisclosed): Questionable

TE Curtis White (leg): Questionable

What They're Saying 

Jeff Potrykus covers the Badgers for the Journal Sentinel, and he tweeted a quote from Montee Ball on how the team is doing with coaches departing for other jobs. 

Wisconsin lost offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and offensive line coach Bob Bostad will coach for Pittsburgh next year. 

The focus is still on winning, and while losing the coaches hurts some, the Badgers will still be fine. The players on the field know their job and they will execute. 

John Canzano covers the Ducks for The Oregonian, and tweeted a quote from Ducks athletic director Rob Mullens on the new uniforms. 

Oregon set the mold for flashy uniforms in college football, and this being a huge game, Nike and Oregon decided to step it up and unveil new digs. 

As you can see above, the gloves are the best part, and thankfully Nike decided on the dark green as opposed to lime or some disgusting yellow. 

No doubt the players will be excited to play in new uniforms on the big stage. 

Wisconsin Player to Watch 

MADISON, WI - NOVEMBER 26: Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers looks for a receiver against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Camp Randall Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. Wisconsin defeated Penn State 45-7.(Photo by Jonathan Dani
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The Badgers would not be in the Rose Bowl if it weren't for the stellar performance of Montee Ball, but in this game, the player to watch has to be Russell Wilson. 

He transferred from North Carolina State for this season and he has helped put the Badgers back in the national spotlight. Ball is going to get his yards, but it's up to Wilson to deliver in the crucial moments of the game. 

Oregon Player to Watch 

EUGENE, OR - DECEMBER 02:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs against the UCLA Bruins  during the Pac 12 Championship Game on December 2, 2011 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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LaMichael James is the star of the Oregon Ducks and all eyes will be on him once again in what could be his final collegiate game. 

It's possible James could bolt for the NFL, but I think the outcome of the 2012 Rose Bowl will have a big impact on his decision. The Ducks top rusher has been banged up this season, and if Oregon hopes to win, it will need James to have another outstanding performance. 

Key Matchup 

Oregon's rushing attack versus Wisconsin's run defense is the matchup to watch. James, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas are all serious weapons for the Ducks on the ground, meaning the Badgers will have their hands full trying to stop them. 

The Ducks had the fifth best rushing offense this season and the Badgers run defense is ranked 47th. Stopping Oregon's ground and pound is priority No. 1 for Wisconsin, but it won't be easy considering how much speed the Ducks have. 


This will be another fantastic bowl game that comes down to the wire. Back and forth scoring will be had all night long.

However, in the end, the Badgers will prevail in the clutch thanks to Russell Wilson. The senior QB has proven he can win the close games, and he'll do exactly that in the 2012 Rose Bowl. 

Badgers 38, Ducks 35 

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