It's official Badger fans.......BUCKY has landed in California and FINAL preparations are now
under way for Friday's Rose Bowl game against UCLA.
As you are well aware, the game is of sorts a RE-MATCH from 1994 when BUCKY defeated UCLA
For the Badgers.....this is a season long goal that has been reached,
In August during training camp, several of the Badgers senior players came
to Barry Alvarez and told him, that their goal for 1998 was to reach the Rose Bowl,
or else no-bowl. Mean while for UCLA....they are STILL CRYING over spilled milk.
They feel they should be playing in ARIZONA in the Fiesta Bowl for the national championship.
INSTEAD.....like 1994, they remain at home and will play the Badgers, which they feel isn't
all to exciting and look at it like a non-conference game. Earlier this week, the UCLA
athletic department RETURNED several THOUSAND tickets. SO....... if you're still interested,
there are tickets available.
FACTS AND FIGURES..........
The BADGERS with a victory on NEW YAR'S DAY in the Rose Bowl would win their 11th overall game
of the season, which would be the FIRST time in UW history
Barry Alvarez is the FIRST coach in the Big Ten to make a return trip to the Rose Bowl.
Since the Badgers last appearance in 1994, four different teams have represented the Big Ten
(Penn State-Northwestern-Ohio State-Michigan)
Wisconsin is making their FIFTH appearance this year in he Rose Bowl. Bucky is 1-3 all time
in the Rose Bowl. The one victory of course was the 21-16 victory over UCLA in 1994.
In 1998....the Baders defense generated 31 turnovers, the HIGHEST mark since the 1994 Rose
Bowl squad created 34.
Barry Alvarez will celebrate his 52nd birthday this week.....December 30th........ How about
a Badger victory for a perfect present.
STAY TUNED HERE....... MORE ROSE BOWL PREVIEWS LATER THIS WEEK.
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