Oregon Expects Challenge From Wisconsin’s O-Line

The University of Wisconsin Badgers football team has a few more practices in Madison before heading to Pasadena next Monday.

A lot of people think the Rose Bowl game between Wisconsin and Oregon will be decided by the first team to put 70 points on the board. Both the Ducks and Badgers have offenses that average just short of 50 points a game. Oregon tries to speed up the game on offense with a no-huddle look.

Wisconsin can depend on its talented offensive line to not only block for the run, but for the pass, too. The Ducks have seen a Wisconsin kind of team before this season.

“They’re comparable to Stanford I think,” said Oregon head coach Chip Kelly. “Our offensive line is decent size — I think we average 305 across the front– but that matchup, I think, is going to be a key matchup. Their O-line against our D-line.”

“Their O-line is really talented. They lost two great players from last year’s team, but they’ve got some really good players back. It’s gonna be a real challenge for us. We have to have good preparation against those guys because they’re sound, but I think anybody in a BCS game is sound in all phases of what they do,” he said.

Oregon plays Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 2.