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2011 Rose Bowl Game: Time, Location, History And More

To help prime you for the New Year's Day college football-gasm, we've compiled this handy list of fun factoids concerning the 2011 Rose Bowl.

Proper name: The Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio. This year's game is the first sponsored by Vizio after seven years of sponsorship from Citi.

Setting: The aptly named Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, home of the UCLA Bruins

Traditional conference pairing: Two BCS teams, typically the winner of the Pac-10 and Big Ten.

2011 matchup: The 12-0 TCU Horned Frogs and the 11-1 Wisconsin Badgers.

Announcers: The real ESPN A-Team crew comes to town for the Rose Bowl. Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit have the call while Erin Andrews roams the sidelines.

Neatest fact: The first Rose Bowl was so lopsided, officials decided football wasn't for them, electing to run chariot races and other events instead. In 1916, the football game returned and has been played on New Year's Day or Jan. 2 ever since. 

Closest finish: In 1922, California played to a scoreless tie with William And Mary in what sounds like the most depressing Rose Bowl ever.

Most lopsided finish: Two games ended as 49-0 shellackings. In 1902, the first Rose Bowl was a blowout as Michigan rolled to a 49-0 win over Stanford. It was Michigan again in 1948, this time dropping USC by a score of 49-0.

Tidbits of interest: Food Network star Paula Deen is the 2011 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal. The Rose Bowl Parade takes place on Jan. 1 at 8 a.m. EST.

The 2011 Rose Bowl kicks off at 4:30 p.m. EST, Saturday, Jan. 1. The game will be televised on ESPN. For a complete list of bowls, browse our 2010 college football postseason schedule.