Wisconsin has right idea on opening drive

PASADENA, Calif. -- Wisconsin had to be disappointed to settle for a Philip Welch field goal on its opening possession, but the Badgers are taking the right approach.

They mixed in running backs Montee Ball and James White, used the clock and got good results.

Ball's 40-yard burst on the opening play sets a good tone for Wisconsin, as the right side of the line opened up a huge hole. Wisconsin also went to the run out of the shotgun, something we didn't see too much of during the regular season. I'd still like to see John Clay early in this game, but Ball and White looked good on the drive.

The Badgers' big key is to execute on obvious passing situations, which is never easy. Nick Toon has to be ready for the pass from Scott Tolzien, which would have set up first-and-goal.

Wisconsin leads 3-0 early in the first quarter.