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Badgers appear headed to Rose Bowl or Gator Bowl

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It appears that Wisconsin will head to either the Rose Bowl or the Gator Bowl, depending on whether the Badgers beat Nebraska in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night.

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A victory over the Cornhuskers will send Wisconsin to Pasadena for the third straight year, while a loss could give them a spot in the Gator Bowl against Southeaster Conference team on New Year's Day.

The national media is already reminding the Badgers that they're at the Big Ten title game only because the top two teams in their division were ineligible for post-season play.

But senior corner Marcus Cromartie says none of the opponents Wisconsin played this year believe the Badgers are a cake walk. Wisconsin lost by three points at Nebraska, 30-27, in their Big Ten opener in late September.

Wilson having a solid season

Former Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson is having a solid rookie year with the Seattle Seahawks.

Three other teams reportedly considered drafting Wilson in the third round in April, and had that happened Wilson could still be riding the bench.

ESPN reported Sunday that Philadelphia, Indianapolis and Washington had all planned to take Wilson in the third round. They couldn't because the Seahawks were ahead of them.

The Eagles ended up taking quarterback Nick Foles, who's just now filling in for the injured Michael Vick.

Indianapolis was also said to be considering Wilson, as a backup to Andrew Luck. The Colts took receiver T.Y. Hilton instead.

ESPN said the Redskins were going to draft Wilson as a backup to Robert Griffin III. Washington ended up taking Kirk Cousins as Griffin's backup.

Meanwhile, Wilson has thrown for 2,051 yards, 17 touchdowns and eight interceptions after beating out ex-Packer Matt Flynn for the Seattle quarterback job. Wilson has also rushed for 227 yards on 57 scampers.

Gabe Carimi benched

The Chicago Bears benched former Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi at the start of Sunday's home win over Minnesota. Jonathan Scott moved into the right tackle spot, but Carimi entered the game later because of injuries to Chris Spencer and Lance Louis.

Despite leading the NFC North Division the Bears have not had much continuity on their offensive line. Carimi was Chicago's first-round draft choice in 2011.

Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network said it's possible that former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo misevaluated Carimi, as well as offensive lineman Chris Williams from Vanderbilt several years ago.

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