Badger Bits: Rose Bowl brings coordinator showdown

Well, this is it. The Granddaddy of them all is tomorrow, so there's no point in going with another weak joke on my part. Tomorrow is 11 years in the making, and I'm sure it'll be a day we'll all remember for years to come. So without further ado, here is the last edition of Badger Bits for 2010!

While much of the Rose Bowl talk involves how well matched TCU and Wisconsin are on the field, Tom Oates of Madison.com says that the best matchup of the game involves two opposing coordinators. Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst and TCU defensive coordinator Dick Bumpas currently lead two of the best squads in the nation, and their talents will be on full display on New Years Day.

Predictably, however, neither man wants to draw extra attention to themselves. "Not minimizing what coaches do, but I think in the end it still is what happens between the lines," Chryst said. "There's always a chess match. I have a tremendous amount of respect for what they do defensively and you want to be on. This is our chosen profession and you want to be the best you can be at it. But the reason you want to do that is you want to give your players the chance to go play the game and to have success."

More Badger Bits after the jump!

Football

Some players from the Badger football team took some time out of their busy bowl-prep schedules to listen to the comedic stylings of Jay Valai, according to Tom Mulhern of Madison.com.

Andy Baggot of Madison.com writes that TCU has been impressed by the Badgers so far.

Literally thousands of Badger fans turned out for the Party on the Pier yesterday. The football team, marching band, and spirit squad helped fire up the fans before the big game on Saturday.

Tom Oates of Madison.com also writes that while the Horned Frogs have a lot of speed, it's not something that the Badgers haven't seen before. Don't forget that "speed" was the buzzword for the Miami Hurricanes before they were manhandled by the Badgers at the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl.

ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg has a video interview with Wisconsin linebacker Blake Sorensen.

And the accolades for Bret Bielema keep pouring in: Michael Hunt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel writes that Bielema has grown into his role as leader of the Badgers.

Hockey

Andy Baggot writes that the young Wisconsin men's hockey team is still seeking an identity at the halfway point of the season. The Badgers were back in action last night, beating the UMass Minutemen 5-1.

Basketball

Despite leading the Badgers to a 68-60 win over the arch-rival Golden Gophers on Tuesday, Wisconsin point guard Jordan Taylor is always quick to shift the credit to his teammates.

A Final Note

Well, this is it. Have a safe and happy New Years Eve everybody, and make sure to keep coming back to Buckys 5th Quarter for all the Rose Bowl coverage you'll need. The game kicks off at 3:30 PM CST, and we'll have predictions, gamethreads and post-game analysis. See you next year!

The Rose Bowl is this Saturday! Get up to the second updates from California by following @B5Q on Twitter!

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