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Badgers Depart For Rose Bowl

MADiSON (WQOW) -- The Wisconsin football team had Christmas Day off, but Monday the team is back together to travel to California for next Monday's Rose Bowl matchup with Oregon.

For the team's 21 seniors and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, it's their last trip as Badgers.  Wisconsin will look to balance the business and fun aspects of the journey.   Tuesday, the Badgers will be at Disneyland.   Thursday, some of the team gets to go to the Knicks-Lakers game.

But when it's time to focus on football--the Badgers say they will get down to business.

"Last year everyone was just excited to be out there," says Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema, "this year we're going back for a return trip and know what we have to do to play good ball and hopefully we do that."

Junior running back Montee Ball says, "We're gonna take this approach it more like a business trip and make sure we go in with our mind set and make sure we remember why we're in L-A."

"It's gonna be a great trip," says sophomore wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, "the Rose Bowl is one of the greatest bowls to me, it's gonna be fun but we're going out there with a purpose."

"We really didn't know what to expect," says senior safety Aaron Henry about last year's Rose Bowl trip, "but this year we know what to look forward to and we can really hone in on football."

"We really,  been there done that kind of thing," says senior offensive lineman Josh Oglesby, "so it's more of a business trip type of attitude and I think its really gonna help us this year."

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