Monday, January 2, 2012
Final pregame update from Rose Bowl
By Ted Miller
PASADENA, Calif. -- Couple of injury notes.
Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett just reported this: "Wisconsin center Peter Konz worked out with the first team before the game, as he has all week. Konz will start, marking his return from a dislocated ankle against Minnesota."
I tried to watch Oregon cornerback Anthony Gildon during warm-ups. He was running around with the second team but I couldn't get a clear idea what that meant. Rob Moseley, Ducks beat writer from the Eugene Register-Guard, tweeted: "Anthony Gildon is up with the twos on defense and Avery Patterson is warmup up at safety. Ducks may get more from Gildon that I anticipated."
So Gildon, who's been out several weeks with an undisclosed injury that is believed to be a neck-shoulder issue, might see action, which is good because he's a senior and the Ducks' other three corners are freshmen.
It's supposed to get into the 80s here -- it's a 2 p.m. local game -- and while neither team plays in hot weather, that might be a bigger issue for the Badgers if the Ducks are able to establish their up-tempo rhythm on offense.
Good showing by both teams' fans in the Rose Bowl Stadium, which is undergoing major renovations. Probably a few more Wisconsin fans, but not by an amount that would provide a noise advantage -- like the Ducks opener against LSU at Cowboys Stadium.
And, yes, Oregon's helmets are outrageous.