2011 Rose Bowl: Defense Will Be The Deciding Factor For TCU

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2011 Rose Bowl: Defense Will Be The Deciding Factor For TCU
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Bowl Week is upon us and the Wisconsin Badgers will take on the TCU Horned Frogs in the 2011 Rose Bowl. The Badgers have not made a trip the Rose Bowl in 11 seasons while TCU becomes the first non-AQ league team during the BCS era to participate in the Rose Bowl.

This is an interesting matchup because each team is a powerhouse on offense having scored 520 total points this season, just over 43 points per game.

Both were tied for fourth in the nation.

However, despite being so similar in offense, TCU does obtain the stronger defense of the two. The Horned Frogs gave up just over a stingy 11 points per game, fourth in the country.

Wisconsin allowed 20.5 points per game, 29th overall.

We have heard millions of times over the years that defense wins championships, and the 2011 Rose Bowl may be the primary case of a team's defense being the deciding factor.

Wisconsin's quarterback Scott Tolzien will have to make big plays against TCU, something he has not done this season.

TCU quarterback Andy Dalton had a lot more success this season than Tolzien this season, tossing 10 more touchdown passes with 26.

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Wisconsin has relied heavily on the running game, led by James White's 1,029 yards and 14 touchdowns.

TCU also has a strong running game led by their running back Ed Wesley, who rushed for 1,065 yards and 11 touchdowns.

These two clubs are almost identical on the offensive side of the football, which is why the team with the better defensive effort will come out on top, and TCU's defense will perform at a higher level than Wisconsin.

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