SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Two of the nation's top running backs will be on display when 14th-ranked Colorado takes on Wisconsin in the Alamo Bowl.
Colorado's Chris Brown, the nation's third-leading rusher, ran for 1,744 yards before missing the Buffaloes' final two games with a bruised sternum, including a 27-9 loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference championship.
The junior tailback, who averaged 158.5 yards per game, said ihe is ready to play against Wisconsin, which boasts sophomore Anthony Davis, the nation's No. 12 rusher. Davis ran for 1,475 yards during the regular season.
The two talented running backs each had 300-yard games during the season. Brown ran for 309 yards in a 52-39 victory over Kansas on October 12, while Davis had 301 yards in a season-ending 49-31 victory over Minnesota that enabled the Badgers to become bowl eligible.
Colorado (9-4) features the nation's top rushing tandem as Brown and Bobby Purify combined for 2,493 yards. Purify, however, has been ruled out of the game with a high ankle sprain.
The Buffaloes also will be without defensive tackle Will Down, who was sent home before Christmas after being arrested on public intoxication charges.
Brian Calhoun rushed for a pair of 100-yard games in Brown's absence, gaining 137 yards in a 28-13 victory over Nebraska and 122 in the loss to Oklahoma, which prevented Colorado from becoming the first team to win consecutive Big 12 titles.
After being held without an offensive touchdown in the Big 12 title game in Houston, the Buffaloes are hoping for better results in their return trip to the Lone Star State. They got their only points against the Sooners on Jeremy Bloom's punt return in the third quarter.
"We have a chance to win 10 games and that's something we would take great pride in," said Colorado coach Gary Barnett, whose club went 10-3 last season.
Wisconsin is headed to a bowl despite a pair of three-game losing streaks. The Badgers lost six of their last eight games following a 5-0 start.
Wisconsin edged UCLA, 21-20, in the 2000 Sun Bowl in its last postseason appearance. The Badgers have won three straight bowl games to improve to 7-6 all-time in the postseason.
Colorado is looking to make amends after losing to Oregon, 38-16, in last season's Fiesta Bowl. After a 0-2 start, the Buffaloes reeled off 10 straight wins before losing to the Ducks.
The defeat to Oregon ended the Buffaloes' six-game bowl winning streak. Colorado fell to 11-13 all-time in the postseason and suffered its first bowl loss since falling to Syracuse, 26-22, in the 1993 Fiesta Bowl.
Colorado never has lost to Wisconsin, going 4-0-1.