the Rose Bowl.
When the teams met back on Sept. 29, the Badgers rushed for only 56 yards on 41 carries. Everything went their way early and they built a 17-point lead before caving and falling 30-27 to the Cornhuskers.
Joel Stave was the quarterback back then, taking over for the benched Danny O’Brien. Stave and the Badgers led it 27-10 before the Huskers mounted their comeback.
Stave is out himself now and this time it’s the turn of 5th year senior Curt Phillips. He’ll try to lead the Badgers to the Big Ten title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
The Badgers beat Michigan State in last years Big Ten title game and those that were along for the ride will have gained some valuable experience. Phillips isn’t a part of that group. Last season, Phillips didn’t even make the trip.
The Cornhuskers are 7-1 in the Big Ten, champions of the Legends Division. There’s no questioning their credentials. But the Badgers are just 4-4 and many believe the Badgers shouldn’t have the opportunity. Coach Bret Bielema said it doesn’t matter though, they’re in the title game and ready to go.
The Badgers are healthy again now, something they didn’t have going for them in late September. LB Chris Borland is back from a hamstring injury and WR Jared Abbrederis returns as well. We’ll see if that’s the difference for the Badgers as they look for their 3rd straight trip to Pasadena.
Kickoff is set for 7:17 pm at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.