Rose Bowl 2012: 7 Players That Are Key to the Ducks' Success

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Rose Bowl 2012: 7 Players That Are Key to the Ducks' Success
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When Oregon take on Wisconsin in the 2012 Rose Bowl, which players will the Ducks need to show up most in order to beat the Badgers?

This game is the classic power versus speed matchup. The Ducks are the fastest team in the nation and the Badgers like to pound the ball with Montee Ball behind their mammoth offensive line.

So in order for the Ducks to win, they need to play within their own style and not get caught up in a shoving match with the bigger and stronger opponent. In order to do that, they need to get their playmakers in space on the perimeter—a spot on the field where the Badgers defense has shown that it is susceptible. 

On the defensive side of the ball, Oregon is going to need to work together as one cohesive unit in order to combat the much larger Wisconsin offense. The Ducks are too small on defense to take down Ball without gang tackling. Once the first defender wraps Ball up, he needs to hold on for dear life and wait for help to come.

So here's a list of the seven most important players the Ducks will need to play at a high level in order to execute this strategy.

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