Badgers days away from Rose Bowl rematch

Published On: Dec 27 2012 04:28:52 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 27 2012 04:28:43 PM CST
PASADENA, Calif. -

The Wisconsin Badgers are just days away from taking on Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

This is their third consecutive trip to Pasadena, but this year it will be under new leadership.

This Wisconsin versus Stanford matchup is a rematch of the last time the Badgers won the Rose Bowl, a 17-to-9 game won by then head coach and now interim head coach Barry Alvarez.

A lot of Badgers fans still remember that game in which Ron Dayne rushed for 200 yards. But those of us who remember that game might feel old then after hearing the responses of the current players on this year's teams.

"I don't remember that. Nope," said Jared Abbrederis, Badgers junior wide receiver.

"It was Dragon Ball Z and a lot of cartoons," Badgers senior running back Montee Ball said, referring to his childhood.

"I can honestly say I did not watch that game," said Badgers junior center Jordan Fredrick. "I was not a huge college football fan growing up. It was just something I had never really watched or paid attention to."

"I was 11," said Stanford’s senior outside linebacker Chase Thomas.

A reporter asked if Stanford’s junior outside linebacker Trent Murphy thought about playing in the Rose Bowl when he was young.

"I wasn't thinking about the Rose Bowl when I was ten," Murphy said. "I was probably out chasing dogs or something."

"Did you catch the dogs?" the reporter asked.

"Absolutely. Absolutely."

Stanford's Trent Murphy will go from chasing dogs to chasing Montee Ball, James White, and Melvin Gordon. The Badgers' rushing attack, averaging over 300 yards per contest since the start of October.