2012 Rose Bowl Features Oregon Favored By 6 Over Wisconsin
January 1, 2012 – By Scott
The Oregon Ducks were awaiting their shot at a national title this time last year. They ended up losing to Auburn in the BCS Championship game and had to wait another year for a second shot at the title.
However, the Ducks opened up the season with a loss to LSU and then fell to Southern California on November 19 as their national title hopes went away this season.
Not all is lost for Oregon (11-2) though. They won the Pac-12 championship game and that landed them in the 2012 Rose Bowl on Monday to face Wisconsin in their 5:00 pm ET showdown in Pasadena.
The Badgers (11-2) found themselves moving up the polls to begin the season and visions of national title hopes were starting to aspire. But then came the month of October where they lost back-to-back games in the final minute to Michigan State and Ohio State which ended their national title hopes. And now, they find themselves back in the Rose Bowl for a second straight year after claiming the Big Ten championship and avenging their loss to the Spartans.
“We played the Rose Bowl a year ago, but the 2011 season is its own journey within itself,” said coach Bret Bielema. “For us to lose the two games that we did and to battle back over the last four weeks of the season and to win the way we did against Michigan State is a journey in itself.”
This game will showcase two of the most explosive teams in college football as both have scored at least 80 touchdowns this year. Putting points on the board comes with ease to both the Badgers and Ducks as Oregon is getting 46.2 points per game and Wisconsin is getting 44.6.
Wisconsin is very balanced both running and passing the ball. Running back Montee Ball has rushed for 1,759 yards and 32 touchdowns and has led the Badgers to the 10th best rushing attack in the country getting 237.4 yards per game.
Their passing game is led by transfer quarterback Russell Wilson. On the year, Wilson has passed for 2,879 yards and 31 touchdowns but more importantly has thrown just 3 interceptions all season.
As for the Ducks, their offense begins with running back LaMichael James. For the year, he has rushed for 1,646 yards and 17 touchdowns and all of these totals for the year were accumulated despite missing two games. James also leads the country in rushing yards per game with 149.6 and as a team, Oregon is 5th in the nation in rushing getting 295.7 yards per game.
The question of this game will be which defense makes the biggest impression. For the year, Oregon yielded 23.6 points per game and Wisconsin gives up 17.0. The only common opponent these teams played was Oregon State in which both beat. Oregon won their matchup 49-21 and Wisconsin won their game with Oregon State 35-0.
NCAA College Football Betting Lines have Oregon favored by 6 points in their 2012 Rose Bowl matchup with Wisconsin. In what is expected to be high-scoring affair, the OVER/UNDER is set at 72.