Rose Bowl 2012: Russell Wilson Will Lead Badgers to Shootout Win vs. Oregon

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 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)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Last season, Wisconsin faced off in the Rose Bowl against TCU in what ended up being a grueling defensive battle between the two teams.

This year, Wisconsin is back in the Rose Bowl after winning the Big Ten Championship Game against Michigan State.

And this time around we should see a whole different type of game.

Expect a lot of fireworks and points when the Badgers take on the Oregon Ducks on January 2nd.

Both teams boast some of the best offenses in the country.

Wisconsin is averaging 44.6 points per game, a mark that is fifth best in the country. The Ducks are putting up 46.2 points per game, which ranks third best.

No matter which offense is on the field, it will be flooded with stars.

Oregon has stud running backs LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner in the backfield. They have combined for 2,555 rushing yards and 28 touchdowns this season.

The Ducks also have a solid passing attack with Darron Thomas, who has thrown for 2,493 yards and 30 touchdowns to just six interceptions.

If you think that's impressive, check out what Wisconsin brings on the offensive side of the ball.

Running back Montee Ball tops the nation with 1,759 rushing yards and 38 total touchdowns this season.

If that's not mind-boggling enough, N.C. State transfer Russell Wilson finished the season as the most efficient passer in the country with a 191.6 QB rating. He threw for 2,879 and 31 touchdowns, while managing just three interceptions.

The big difference in this game comes on the defensive side of the ball.

Neither one of these defenses is going to be able to shut down the opposing offense, but Wisconsin does have the clear advantage.

The Badgers have the sixth-ranked scoring defense in the country in comparison to Oregon's 47th ranking.

If Wisconsin can hold just once or twice, that may be all it takes for Wilson and the Badger offense to take advantage.

In the clutch, the edge also goes to Wisconsin's offense. Wilson proved this season that he can lead a game-winning drive with everything on the line.

That's what this game is going to come down to. The ball in a star player's hands with the game on the line.

There is no player that will be on the field that will step up bigger than Wilson.