Badgers seeing Pasadena in their future

Wisconsin's players weren't overly presumptuous Saturday, and they didn't bring roses to the field.

Their fellow students had a little more confidence.

And when the seventh-ranked Badgers polished off a 70-23 win against Northwestern, the students rushed the field, roses in hand.

"I celebrated with a rose," Wisconsin senior left tackle Gabe Carimi told ESPN.com late Saturday afternoon.

Carimi and his teammates likely will celebrate a Rose Bowl trip when the final BCS selections are announced Dec. 5. Wisconsin entered the day with a healthy lead in BCS average ahead of No. 8 Ohio State, and the results by both teams likely won't change the order.

Since three teams tied atop the Big Ten with identical records (11-1 overall, 7-1 Big Ten), the team ranked highest in the final BCS standings earns the league's automatic BCS berth, which will be to Pasadena. Wisconsin clinched a share of the league championship for the first time since 1999, which also marked its last trip to the Rose Bowl.

"It's pretty safe to say we should be going to the Rose [Bowl]," Carimi said. "It's crazy. I grew up watching the Badgers play. Coming from the state, I watched all the Rose Bowl teams, and when I committed here, I wanted to do the same thing and get a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl bid.

"I'm just so excited."

Wisconsin players knew what was at stake before they took the field Saturday, as the scores from Columbus and State College flashed on the scoreboard at Camp Randall Stadium.

"It was more to know it than focus on it," Carimi said.

Wisconsin delivered another dominating offensive performance to set off the celebration.

"It's got to be right up there with my memories," Carimi said. "The last game at Camp Randall, the lights, the fireworks. It was awesome."