WISCONSIN [2-0, 0-0 Big Ten] @ ARIZONA STATE [1-0, 0-0 Pac-12] -- Potential Rose Bowl matchup is also first major test for each team.
WISCONSIN [2-0, 0-0 Big Ten] @ ARIZONA STATE [1-0, 0-0 Pac-12] -- Potential Rose Bowl matchup is also first major test for each team. Badgers own home wins over UMass, Tennessee Tech while Sun Devils' lone tilt to date was rout over Sacramento State. Searing desert heat could be factor for visiting Badgers, who arrive in Tempe under new HC GARY ANDERSEN, formerly of Utah State [2009-12]. Andersen replaces departed Bret Bielema, now @ Arkansas. He'll go up against TODD GRAHAM, now in 2nd season @ ASU. Sun Devils completed '12 campaign with record-setting 62-28 rout of Navy in Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Graham has previous HC experience @ Rice , Tulsa [2007-10] & Pittsburgh . Badgers have played in last three Rose Bowl games, but lost in each to TCU in 2010, Oregon in '11 and Stanford in '12. Each defeat was by seven points or less. Badgers' biggest offensive challenge is finding successor to departed RB Montee Ball, now with Denver Broncos. Ball in '12 carried 356 times for 1,830 yards and 22 TDs. Arizona State returns largely veteran club, led by QB TAYLOR KELLY [241-359, 3,039 yards, 29 TD] plus RB MARION GRICE [103-679, 6.6 ypc, 11 TD]. Grice earned MVP honors in Fight Hunger Bowl victory. Badgers defense must contend with ASU offense that last season averaged 465 total yards/game and concluded with 648 against Navy. DT WILL SUTTON [13 sacks, 10.5 TFL] considered turning pro but instead returns for senior season with Rose Bowl [or higher] aspirations in mind. The Series: Fourth meeting in series that began in 1967. ASU has won twice, Wisconsin once. Last Meeting: 2010, Wisconsin 20, Arizona State 19. Last Arizona State win: 1968, Arizona State 55, Wisconsin 7 @ Tempe, AZ. Last Wisconsin win: See Last Meeting above. Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. PDT/10:30 p.m. EDT: TV: ESPN.