They’ve been there before. Last time it was a whole new world. Bright lights, walking among the stars — literally — and a whole new experience.
This time around, when it comes to the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2, the Wisconsin Badgers mean business.
“We’re going to take this trip and approach it more like a business trip and make sure we go in with our minds set and really go in remembering why we’re in L.A.,” junior running back Montee Ball said.
In the 98th Rose Bowl, Wisconsin will face the Pac-12’s Oregon Ducks.
Both the Badgers and Ducks played on big stages in last year’s bowl games, as Wisconsin played in the school’s first Rose Bowl in more than 10 years and Oregon took a shot in the BCS National Championship Game.
Both teams lost — Wisconsin to Texas Christian and Oregon to Auburn — and were forced to fight through another season just for a second chance at a coveted BCS title.
Wisconsin’s road to the Rose Bowl this year was not easy, nor exactly clear.
UW opened the season with a scalding offense led by transfer quarterback Russell Wilson, and through six games it looked like a possible national championship contender.
In the ensuing two weeks, back-to-back heartbreaking losses at Michigan State and Ohio State left Wisconsin in a tough position in the Big Ten and muddied the picture of any post-season hopes. Many things had to line up just right for the Badgers to even reach the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game, let alone the Rose Bowl.
UW ultimately avenged itself with a 42-39 win over MSU in Indianapolis, gaining another berth to The Granddaddy of Them All for the second consecutive year.
Let's hope they pull off another win in the Rose Bowl. GO BUCKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!