TCU managed to stay at the No. 3 position thanks to the Boise St. Broncos uncharacteristically losing to Nevada two weeks ago. For the second straight season, TCU refused to lose a single game. Still, they were out matched by Oregon and Auburn all season and were limited to the No. 3 spot in the BCS Rankings.
The Horned Frogs are certainly thrilled with their amazing accomplishment. Yet they will enter the Rose Bowl with a massive chip on their shoulder, a chip the Wisconsin Badger will be forced to eat if they hope to win this game.
The Badgers finished the season at No. 5 in the rankings, although they were in position to overtake Stanford No. 4. Their one loss to Michigan State didn’t hinder the Badgers one bit, as they will partake in the year’s second most exciting bowl game on paper.
No matter where they ended up in the rankings, their future is where their eyes are set.
On the grand stage in the Rose Bowl, the Badgers will look to leave teeth marks on the Horned Frogs and topple one of the nation’s top offensive forces. Wisconsin has a fantastic offense of their own, one that should shock the Horned Frogs when they meet on January 1 2011 at 4:30 pm Eastern.
In their final game of the season, TCU scored 66 points against New Mexico. Not to be outdone by anybody, Wisconsin dropped 70 points on Northwestern.
These two teams are going to put on a show. This game will be a fantastic shootout. If Oregon and Auburn weren’t slugging it out for the BCS Championship with Heisman candidates, this Rose Bowl would easily be the most anticipated matchup of the Bowl season. This will be an old fashioned run n’ gun shootout, so expect a few creative plays in this game as each time tries to outsmart the other.
TCU boasts one of the better college quarterbacks this year, Andy Dalton. Dalton completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 2638 yards, 26 touchdowns and only six interceptions.
The Horned Frogs also have two quality running backs to take the pressure off Dalton. Ed Wesley and Matthew Tucker combined for 1759 yards and 18 touchdowns on 306 carries this season.
Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien was effective and efficient for his Badgers. He completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 2300 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Tolzien is backed by a three headed rushing monster featuring James White, John Clay and Montee Ball. Combined this trio has rushed for 2829 yards and 44 touchdowns on 465 carries this year.
One of the defenses will have to create a big turnover to win this game, but it will ultimately come down to Dalton’s arm against two the six potential legs for the Badgers.