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Jan 1, 2011 1:39 AM by Lee Douglas

TCU ready for Rose Bowl challenge

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - When the TCU Horned Frogs stepped off the team bus and got their first look at the Rose Bowl's impeccably manicured grass last weekend, any lingering thoughts of disrespect and disappointment evaporated.

Unbeaten TCU might be the third wheel in the BCS title dance, but the Frogs are embracing the chance to be part of football history in Saturday's meeting with Wisconsin.

Although the first back-to-back BCS busters are a slight favorite on paper against the Big Ten co-champion Badgers (11-1), the Frogs (12-0) realize they'll look like Davids against
Wisconsin's Goliath-sized offensive line.

The challenge thrills TCU coach Gary Patterson, who hopes a victory will cement his program's place among the nation's elite.

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