Wisconsin vs. TCU in Rose Bowl: 5 Badgers Who Must Step Up To Win

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Wisconsin vs. TCU in Rose Bowl: 5 Badgers Who Must Step Up To Win
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As probably the most anticipated bowl game of the year (other than the BCS National Championship), all eyes will be on Pasadena on New Year's Day.

The game features two of the nation's most dynamic teams in the Big Ten champion Wisconsin Badgers and the undefeated, Mountain West champion Texan Christian Horned Frogs.

Early odds-makers have TCU as slight favorites over the Badgers, but many Big Ten fans would beg to differ. Either way, the 2011 Rose Bowl is shaping up to be one of the most exciting—and important—games of the year.

For Wisconsin, the Big Ten reputation is on the line. If the Badgers can defeat the Frogs, not only will they earn their first Rose Bowl title in more than a decade, but they'll also quiet all the folks who believe that mid-major teams should get a crack at the BCS.

For TCU, a win here would establish their program as a national power and would put the BCS into chaos when it comes to the qualifications of mid-major conferences.

So, from a Wisconsin point of view, here are five Badgers who will need to step up if Sconnie hopes to earn their fourth Rose Bowl title in program history.

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