Five Keys To Victory - TCU

Scott Tolzien will need to keep the ball away from the top-ranked TCU defense to give the Badgers running game a chance to work its magic. Badger Nation gives its five keys to victory for the 97th Rose Bowl.

1. Strength v. Strength

The Badgers have put up points at a record pace this season. The TCU defense is one of the stingiest in the nation. The Horned Frogs are 1st in the nation in points allowed with 11.4. To win, Wisconsin will need great play from their all-americans, Gabe Carimi and John Moffitt, while avoiding TCU's all-american safety Tejay Johnson.

2. A committee of excellence

Wisconsin's success will ultimately hinge on its ability to run the football. The trio of John Clay, James White, and Montee Ball have torn defenses apart, but not one as good against the run as TCU. If the line can open up holes for the three-headed monster, it could be a fun day for the Wisconsin offense.

3. Deny Dalton

TCU's Andy Dalton is one of the most dynamic players in college football. With over 2600 yards passing and 407 yards rushing, Dalton has been an all out nightmare for opposing defenses. The senior has eclipsed 10,000 passing in his career and has four years of experience as a starter. He has also thrown 26 touchdowns to only six interceptions. Wisconsin needs to lock down the Horn Frogs' signal caller to have a shot at victory.

4. Tolzien

Wisconsin has a talented senior quarterback of their own. Scott Tolzien has been as steady as can be this year, earning him a top-5 spot in the nation's quarterback efficiency ratings. With TCU's strong run defense and the Badgers' reputation as a run first team, no play could be as important as the play action pass.

5. Camp Randall West

Looking around Southern California, you would think the Badgers are playing the Badgers. It's a sea of red and the stadium might not be much different. I'm sure TCU will bring a large contingency, but there is no doubt in my mind that Wisconsin will have the strength in numbers.

Fearless Prediction:

It's going to be a tight game and could turn out to be a Rose Bowl classic. The BCS vs non-BCS debate will be settled once again and this time the big boys take it in a squeaker.

Wisconsin 31 TCU 27

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