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Big Ten prepares for bowl season


This news story was published on December 17, 2012.
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That Time of Year Again:  The Big Ten will send seven conference teams to bowl games, marking the 14th straight year that six or more Big Ten programs have earned postseason berths . . .

Badger Three-Peat:  When Wisconsin takes the field against Stanford in the 99th Rose Bowl Game, it will mark the third consecutive year the Badgers have played in the annual contest in Pasadena. It is just the third time a program has played in the Rose Bowl Game in three or more consecutive seasons . . .

Back on the Sidelines:  Current Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez will return to the sidelines to lead the Badgers in their Rose Bowl Game against Stanford . ..

Making a Habit out of BCS Games:  Wisconsin’s berth in the Rose Bowl Game gives the Badgers their fifth appearance in a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) contest, joining two other conference teams with five or more berths in a BCS game . . .

Bowl Matchups by the Numbers: The Big Ten’s bowl contingent will be matched up with some of the nation’s most successful programs from the 2012 season. The conference’s bowl opponents have a combined record of 61-25 (.709) and three opponents have already reached double-digits in wins . . .

Bowl Rematches:  Of the Big Ten’s seven bowl contests, four of the matchups will be rematches of previous postseason contests . . .

Three Big Ten Teams Eye Double-Digit Wins: Two Big Ten squads will end the season with 10 or more victories, while a third can reach the plateau with a bowl game victory . . .

National Award Winners:  Multiple Big Ten standouts were honored with national awards this season . . .

It’s Been a Ball:  Wisconsin running back Montee Ball is poised to complete his collegiate career as one of the NCAA’s most prolific rushers. Ball will finish his Badger career as the nation’s all-time leader in total touchdowns and rushing touchdowns . . .

Making a Name for Themselves:  At least 10 Big Ten performers earned All-America honors from various publications following the conclusion of the 2012 regular season . . .

Another Banner Year:  The Big Ten concluded the regular season with the second-highest season attendance among all games and conference games only . . .

 

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