“The Granddaddy of ‘em All” kicks off for the 97th time on New Year’s Day. For the first time during the BCS era, the Rose Bowl features a team from a non automatic qualifying conference.
Wisconsin is looking to build off of Ohio State’s success last year and win a second consecutive Rose Bowl for the Big Ten—which is something that has not been done since Wisconsin won the 1999 and 2000 Rose Bowls.
TCU enters this game trying to win the first BCS bowl in their school’s history and finish their season undefeated. Although it may not be the BCS game that they were hoping for, the Horned Frogs will relish being on the national stage with an opportunity to play a premier program from the Big Ten.