Rose Bowl 2012: Why Wisconsin vs. Oregon Will Be Best BCS Bowl Game

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Rose Bowl 2012: Why Wisconsin vs. Oregon Will Be Best BCS Bowl Game

Featuring two of the most explosive offenses in college football, the Rose Bowl between the Wisconsin Badgers and Oregon Ducks is the best that the BCS has to offer.

In boxing, the old adage is that "styles make fights." The most compelling bouts aren't necessarily between the best fighters, but rather between those whose styles, whether similar or dissimilar, create the most interesting matchup.

That's what this Rose Bowl provides.

These two teams are adept at accomplishing the same thing: namely, running the football. Yet, they couldn't possibly go after this goal in more different ways.

Oregon spreads the defense from side to side, disguising the ball-carrier and play direction whenever possible. The Ducks' run game is fueled by visionary speedsters brought in from the West, the type of runners who'll find a hole that's barely there, then explode through it before the defense even realizes its weakness.

Wisconsin, on the other hand, is powered by hulking corn-fed linemen from the Midwest. The Badgers don't need to disguise much; they'd rather overpower the front line of the defense, then let their shifty downhill runners pick their way through the carnage.

It's a classic clash of speed versus power, perhaps best illustrated by the amount of time each defense spends on the field.

The grinding Badgers offense ranks 22nd in the nation in time of possession, pounding away on opposing defenses for nearly 32 minutes per game.

The quick-strike Ducks rank dead last, needing only 25 minutes of possession per game to eviscerate their opponents.

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