Saturday, December 31, 2011

Boomer's Rose Bowl Preview


 Preview: 2012 Rose Bowl 98th edition “The Granddaddy of Them All”

Date/Time: January 2, 2012 5:30 PM (EST)

Wisconsin Badgers (11-2) vs. Oregon Ducks (11-2)  Favorite: Ducks by Six

All-Time Series: Wisconsin 3-1 Last: 2001 (Oregon, 31-28 @ Wisconsin)

Boomer’s Four Keys on smelling the “Roses”:

1)      Russell Wilson vs. Oregon’s Secondary

Russell Wilson connected on 73% of his passes with 31 TD’s to only 3 INT’s on the year. If only it were not for the two late minute loses, Wilson could have found himself in NYC for the Heisman Ceremony. Oregon’s secondary was able to collect 6 INT’s, but have allowed opponents to pass for 243 yards/per game (82nd nationally). At times, Oregon’s defensive secondary has been suspect, case in point Matt Barkley 323 yards with 4 TD’s. In the end, I believe Russell Wilson will be able to find some holes in Oregon’s secondary throughout the game. Advantage: Wisconsin

2)      Oregon’s Spread Attack vs. Wisconsin’s Defense

There is not another offensive attack more exciting to watch then the Ducks. Any given play could go for a touchdown. The Ducks were 3rd in the nation in scoring (46 ppg); the Ducks use an up-tempo offense that really puts defenses under pressure. Wisconsin was 6th in the nation in scoring defense (17 ppg). Wisconsin has to avoid giving up the big play to the Duck’s offense. Ha, Good Luck. Advantage: Oregon

3)      Monte Ball vs. Oregon’s Front Seven

Mr. Touchdown will have the challenge of going up against a defensive unit that has improved throughout the season. Monte had one of the all-time greatest individual seasons which included a trip to NYC for the Heisman Ceremony (1,816 total yards of offense, 39 total TD’s with one being a passing TD). Monte will definitely be the focal point of the Duck’s defense, a unit that gave up 137 rushing yards per game, 46th in the nation. Wisconsin’s offense will rely heavily on Monte rushing the ball, as well as, catching the ball out of the backfield. Advantage: Wisconsin

4)      Bret Bielema vs. Chip Kelly

This match-up will be the 2nd trip to Pasadena for each head coach. Coach Bielema coached in last years Rose Bowl, losing to TCU 21 to 19. Coach Kelly’s first appearance came in his first year at the helm with the Duck’s in the 2010 Rose Bowl, losing to Ohio State, 26-17. Coach Kelly will be going for his first bowl win, coming up short last season in the National Championship Game against the Cam Newton-led Auburn Tigers, 22 to 19. Coach Bielema has a career record of (3-2) in bowl games. Coach Kelly will want to play a fast pace game, while Coach Bielema will look to run the clock and keep the ball out of the Duck’s hands. Which coach will get to lift the Rose Bowl trophy for the first time?
Advantage: Toss-Up

     Prediction: Oregon 35, Wisconsin 31. QUACK QUACK QUACK