The Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks get set to clash in the 2012 Rose Bowl, a classic match up between the Big 10 and the Pac 12. The Badgers bring their 10th ranked rushing attack featuring Heisman Trophy candidate Montee Ball and quarterback Russell Wilson as Big 10 champions. The Badgers are one of the highest scoring offenses in the entire NCAA, averaging over 40 points per game on the season. The Badgers also sport one of the best defenses in the NCAA, giving up an average of only 17 points per game.
The Oregon Ducks also sport an explosive offense led by their fifth ranked rushing attack that averages 295.7 rushing yards per game, thanks to the likes of LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner. The Ducks were able to win the Pac 12 this season, knocking off UCLA in the title game and earning the Pac 12 bid into the Rose Bowl. Just like Wisconsin, the Ducks are one of the highest scoring teams in the country, putting up 46.2 points per game. While the Badgers sport a very good defense, the Ducks defense does just enough to win for their explosive offense, giving up about 24 points per game.
Game date, time: 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday, January 2nd
Location: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
TV channel: ESPN/ESPN3
Odds: Oregon favored by 4.5
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