Why Wisconsin-TCU is the Most Intriguing BCS Game

John BaranowskiCorrespondent IDecember 19, 2010

Why Wisconsin-TCU is the Most Intriguing BCS Game

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    This year's Rose Bowl between TCU and Wisconsin features two of the top five teams in the country who come in with a combined 23-1 record.   For TCU, it's a chance to show the college football world they truly belong to be among the nation's elite.   Questions abound about TCU, and their match up with Wisconsin is one of the most interesting in years.

    The following reasons are why Wisconsin-TCU is the most intriguing BCS game. 

Can the Best Team in the MWC Play With the Best Team in the Big 10?

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    Does TCU deserve to be in a BCS bowl game?   Can the best team in the Mountain West Conference compete with the best of the Big 10 Conference?  

The Big 10's Reputation Is on the Line.

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    The Badgers are representing the Big 10 Conference, which may be the second toughest conference in all of college football behind only the Southeast Conference.   The Big 10's reputation is clearly on the line in the Rose Bowl. 

Two Outstanding Quarterbacks In Wisconsin's Scott Tolzien and TCU's Andy Dalton

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    The Rose Bowl will feature two outstanding quarterbacks.   Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien has completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 2,300 yards and 16 touchdowns with only six interceptions.  TCU's Andy Dalton has completed 66.2 percent of his pass attempts, and the Horned Frogs average 230 yards per game passing. 

It's Not Your Father's Wisconsin Badgers: They Can Throw!

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    It's easy to think of the Badgers with their large offensive line and 1,000-yard running backs every year.  Well, they still have a dominant offensive line and a 1,000-yard rusher, but this year's Badgers average over 200 yards per game passing as well. 

Wisconsin's Bret Bielema Vs TCU's Gary Patterson

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    Coach Gary Patterson led TCU to their second consecutive undefeated regular season.  It's Wisconsin's second consecutive 10+ win season.   Wisconsin may be the best one-loss team in the country.   Badger coach Bret Bielema's five-year coaching record is 49-15, and it's his fifth bowl game.   

Two Top Five Teams Going at It

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    The last time the Rose Bowl had two top five teams was USC-Texas for the BCS National Championship.  This one hopes to be as memorable. 

Is TCU's Defense as Good as Advertised?

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    TCU's defense has given up only 137 points in 12 games.  The Horned Frogs have the No. 1 scoring defense in the country and are number one in passing and total defense as well.  Their 4-2-5 defense will be tested, as the Badgers average 450 yards and 43 points per game. 

TCU: Will They Finally Earn Respect and Credibility?

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    If TCU wins or it's a close game, those questions about TCU's credibility will be answered.  A blow-out loss, and so much of what TCU has accomplished in recent years will be diminished. 

Can TCU Play on a National Stage? How Will They Handle the Pressure?

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    It's one thing to play Boise State and the Utah's of the world, but going up against the best of the Big 10 in the Grand Daddy of them all is another, especially when you're undefeated and the No. 3 team in the country. 

It's a Battle of the Irresistible Force Against the Immovable Object.

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    Wisconsin scored 211 points in their last three games.   TCU gives up only 11 points per game.   Their No. 1 ranked defense will be tested by Wisconsin's balanced offense.   The Badgers average 247 yards rushing and 203 yards passing per game.   TCU's defense allows only 215 yards per game, the best in the country. 

This Has That Unknown Quality Other Games Don't Have: Just How Good Is TCU?

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    The Rose Bowl has the greatest amount of the unknown of any of the BCS bowl games.  Just how good is TCU?   How well will the Horned Frogs match up against the best of the Big 10 Conference?   Is their No. 1 ranked defense legitimate?   Can it stop the high powered Badgers?   Will TCU Gary Patterson get a Gatorade shower?   Wisconsin will provide the answers.