PASADENA, Calif. -- Greetings from the greatest setting in all of college sports, the Rose Bowl.
After a ton of coverage this week, it's time to get down to business as No. 5 Wisconsin takes on No. 3 TCU in the Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO.
The weather is perfect right now, just a few scattered clouds and barely any wind on the field. Rain isn't expected until later this evening, so it shouldn't impact the game at all.
Wisconsin definitely will have more fans, but it will be interesting to see the breakdown. TCU traveled well to California, but Badger fans are literally everywhere. I expect a very strong showing.
My big curiosity for Wisconsin is how the offense responds from the layoff. We've seen spread offenses struggle to find their rhythm in bowls and Wisconsin's system is based more around power, but the Badgers were so hot down the stretch of the regular season, scoring 201 points in their final three games.
This is a big moment for the Badgers' defense, the one non-elite unit on the field. TCU isn't overly flashy on offense, but Andy Dalton knows how to get it done. Wisconsin needs to be sound in its tackling and fundamentals.
In case you missed them, some Rose Bowl links from the week:
Colleague Brian Bennett and I debate the Rose Bowl
Wisconsin's three-headed monster at running back
The Badgers prepare to carry the Big Ten banner
The nation's best offensive line strains for success
Wisconsin star defensive end J.J. Watt is driven by big dreams and hard work
We'll have much more from the Rose Bowl, so don't go anywhere.