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Rose Bowl Preview: Wisconsin – TCU

Posted By Chad Seely On Dec 31 2010 @ 8:33 pm In Wisconsin | No Comments

The Granddaddy of them all is upon us and it once again pits two powerhouse programs in the No. 5  Wisconsin Badgers (11-1) and the No. 3 Texas Christian Horned Frogs (12-0). 

With such long layoffs teams are exposed to before Bowl games, often times it’s hard to predict the outcome.  This game is no different with TCU trying to earn some national credit by beating a very good BCS team.  Meanwhile, Wisconsin continues their climb to the top of the always powerful Big Ten alongside the likes of Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan and now Michigan State.  The Horned Frogs are the outright champs of the Mountain West Conference and the Badgers are co-champs of the Big Ten with the Buckeyes and Spartans.

This isn’t exactly a David vs. Goliath matchup like Oklahoma-Boise State was a few years ago as TCU has been doing everything in their power to be recognized as one of the top programs in the country.  The Horned Frogs are the top defensive team in the country as they allow only 215 yards per game.  They give up 89 yards against the run and a measly 126 yards through the air.  Granted they haven’t faced an offense like the Wisconsin Badgers who average 450 yards per game and have averaged a staggering 67 points per game in their past three contests.  Big Red rushes for 247 yards per game and throws for 202.  The offense is lead by steady quarterback Scott Tolzien who isn’t flashy but also leads the nation in completion percentage at 74 percent.  TCU will also have to deal with the three-headed monster at tailback for UW which includes John Clay, Montee Ball and James White.  The trio has rushed for nearly 3,000 yards and 44 touchdowns. 

TCU is lead by senior quarterback Andy Dalton who will be making his 49th and final start for TCU.  Dalton has thrown for 26 scores and rushed for five more while throwing just six interceptions.  TCU puts up over 43 points and 490 yards of total offense per game.  They feature the read-option as part of their rushing attack which is led by tailback Ed Wesley who has over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year.  Another playmaker the Badgers need to be aware of is receiver Jeremy Kerley who is a all-purpose weapon for the Horned Frogs.  Kerley averages 12.9 yards per punt return and 28 yards per kick return.  He also has 50 grabs on the year including 10 for touchdowns. 

On New Years Day in 2011, the Wisconsin Badgers will try to win their first Rose Bowl since 2000 while TCU looks to win their first Rose Bowl title and gain respect around the nation.  This is going to be one heck of a ball game that includes a lot of players who will be playing on Sunday’s in the next couple of years.  Expect a good game as I think TCU can hang with the big boys of college football.  However, I don’t think they can hang with the big boys of the Wisconsin offensive line that features two All-Americans in Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt.  It’s gonna be a good one in Pasadena!

My Prediction:  Wisconsin 30  TCU 24

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