Turns out, it was Nebraska that was overmatched.
Wisconsin ran for 539 yards and pummeled the Cornhuskers 70-31 on Saturday night in the Big Ten Championship game.
Melvin Gordon ran for 217 yards on nine carries, Montee Ball had 201 yards and three touchdowns and James White added 109 yards and four scores for Wisconsin. It was the most yards rushing Nebraska has ever allowed and the second-most points.
This game was supposed to be about the Huskers, who reached the title game in just their second year in the Big Ten. The Legends Division representative was on a six-game win streak and had beaten the Badgers in September.
Wisconsin was only in the title game because Ohio State and Penn State, which both finished ahead of the Badgers in the Leaders Division standings, were ineligible because of NCAA rules violations.
What appeared to be a good chance for Nebraska coach Bo Pelini to get Nebraska into a BCS bowl game for the first time in his five years at the Lincoln, Neb., school turned out to be another coronation for Wisconsin. The Badgers became the first Big Ten team to reach three consecutive Rose Bowls since Michigan did it from 1977-79.
Wisconsin (8-5) advanced to play Stanford in Pasadena. The Cardinal defeated UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Taylor Martinez passed for 182 yards and ran for 140 yards and two touchdowns for the Cornhuskers (10-3).
Martinez opened the second half the same way he started the first -- by throwing an interception. Devin Smith returned the errant lob to the Nebraska 9-yard line, and Ball scored on Wisconsin's first play to make it 49-10. Smith later left the game with a head injury and did not return.
Martinez's 11-yard touchdown run trimmed Wisconsin's lead to 49-17, but Wisconsin came right back. Ball's 57-yard touchdown run, punctuated by a straight-arm that dismissed Ciante Evans, gave Wisconsin a 56-17 lead. White followed with a 68-yard touchdown run to make it 63-17.