Oregon vs. Wisconsin: How to Watch, Live Stream Rose Bowl

Eight years on since a shootout that delivered a combined 83 points, Oregon and Wisconsin meet again in Pasadena, California, in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day.

The Ducks defeated the Badgers 45-38 in 2012, but enter the game as the underdog, while Wisconsin is a three-point favorite.

The Badgers are 8-5 against the spread this season and have won games they started as favorite by an average of 18.5 points, while the Ducks are 7-6 against the spread and have covered by an average of 5.5 points per game.

In only his second season in charge, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal delivered a 11-2 season—the program's best record since the 2014 campaign—but winning the Pac-12 title wasn't enough for Oregon to clinch a spot in the College Football Playoff.

As shown in this graphic provided by Statista, the Ducks finished the season at No. 6 in the CFP rankings, with Wisconsin two spots lower after a 10-3 season. The Ducks surged up the rankings after defeating then-No. 6 Utah in the Pac-12 title game to reach the Rose Bowl for the first time since thrashing Florida State 59-20 five years ago.

While Oregon is the only power-five champion not in the playoff, the Badgers saw their hopes of reaching the CFP ended by a 34-21 defeat against Ohio State in the Big Ten title game last month.

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Oregon and Wisconsin head to the Rose Bowl as the No. 6 and No. 8 ranked teams in the country. Statista

Despite the loss to the Buckeyes, the Badgers had done enough to grant themselves a first appearance in the Rose Bowl since 2013, which marked the last of three consecutive appearances.

Wednesday will be Wisconsin's third appearance in a New Year's Six game in five seasons under Paul Chryst, who has guided the Badgers to a bowl game in each of his campaigns in Madison.

Wisconsin has won all four and coupled with the one played before Chryst took the job, the Badgers' current 5-0 bowl game winning streak is the longest in the nation.

Aside from the second CFP semifinal between Clemson and Ohio State, the Rose Bowl has the smallest spread of any of the New Year's Six bowl games. It could hardly be otherwise, as both teams look pretty evenly matched going into Pasadena.

Oregon and Wisconsin have averaged 35.9 and 34.6 points per game respectively this season, while allowing 15.7 and 16.1 points—the ninth and 10th best scoring defense in college football.

The two defenses are similarly balanced when it comes with stopping the run, with Wisconsin ranking eighth in rushing defense, two spots ahead of Oregon.

Similarly, both programs feature preseason Heisman favorites in Justin Herbert and Jonathan Taylor. Oregon quarterback Herbert has thrown for 3,333 yards, 32 touchdowns and just five picks this season, while Wisconsin running back Taylor ranks second in the FBS in rushing yards and joint-third in rushing touchdowns with 1,909 and 21 respectively.

Herbert is well aware of the defensive threat facing Oregon in Pasadena.

"They [Wisconsin] are a whole different breed," Herbert was quoted as saying by The Oregonian. "They're about as good as it gets and their front seven and their secondary, they're special. We've been watching a lot of film and seeing if we can gain an advantage and just getting a feel for their defense."

Here's all you need to know ahead of Wednesday.

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Justin Herbert #10 of the Oregon Ducks throws the ball during the Pac-12 Championship football game against the Utah Utes at Levi's Stadium on December 6, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. The Oregon Ducks won 37-15. Alika Jenner/Getty

When and where is the Rose Bowl?

The Oregon Ducks take on the Wisconsin Badgers at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

Kick-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 1.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Live stream

A live stream will be available via ESPN's digital platforms, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Series record

Oregon and Wisconsin have played each other five times, with the Badgers leading the all-time series 3-2. The Ducks, however, have won the last two meetings, the most recent of which came in the 2012 Rose Bowl, when Oregon won 45-38.

Odds

According to BetOnline, Wisconsin is a three-point favorite and is 47/50 to cover the spread, while Oregon is a 5/4 underdog.

The over/under line in terms of total points scored is set at 51.

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