Behind Enemy Lines: Sports Writers Break Down Rose Bowl Coverage

Wisconsin Faces Oregon In Rose Bowl

Published On: Dec 31 2011 11:44:43 AM CST   Updated On: Jan 02 2012 10:47:18 AM CST
MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin and Oregon are preparing to face off in the Rose Bowl game on Jan. 2. As the big game nears, we're taking a look at what sports writers in Oregon and across the nation are saying about the matchup between the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions.

At ESPN.com, Brian Bennett breaks down the coaching matchup in his column in the site's Big Ten blog. Bennett writes that he expects to see Badgers coach Bret Bielema and Oregon coach Chip Kelly in this game multiple times.

Molly Blue, of The Oregonian, wrote about the impact each team's return game will have on the outcome. Which return team will have the greatest impact, she asks.

Also at The Oregonian, John Canzano writes a column critical of how ESPN is handling its exclusive rights. His headline reads, "At ESPN, money talks, journalism walks.

On the field, Lindsay Schnell, of The Oregonian writes about DeAnthony Thomas, a freshman,who just might be the x-factor for the Ducks. Meanwhile, Adam Jude, of the Register-Guard also looks at how the Badgers will try and match up with the highly-skilled running back.

It's not all roses for some Oregon Ducks players who are currently battling injuries.But, the Register-Guard's Rob Moseley writes about how injured players are not letting the reality spoil their Rose Bowl experience.

The Oregonian, Aaron Fentress, talked about a major challenge the Ducks will have on defense, that's stopping Russell Wilson.He said that Oregon's three freshman cornerbacks are embracing the challenge of the big game. The young defenders will have to match up with and try to stop Nick Toon, Jared Abbrederis and tight end Jacob Pedersen, just to name a few.

Wilson also was the topic of a column by the Register-Guard's George Schroeder.He weighs in on Badger's decision to bring in Wilson for one season. Ask Schroeder and he'll say he doesn't blame Wilson or the Badgers for joining forces this season.

Ken Goe, of The Oregonian, says at least one Duck has some unfinished business at the Rose Bowl. Read his story on Lavasier Tuinei, who has scored eight touchdowns this year for the Ducks.