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Wisconsin vs. Oregon: 5 Things to Watch for in the Rose Bowl
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The 2012 Rose Bowl features two very different styles of play when the Wisconsin Badgers take on the Oregon Ducks in the "Granddaddy of Them All."

Oregon features a high-octane, spread offense that utilizes speed and mismatches to put up gaudy numbers. The Ducks rode the backs of runners LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner and De'Anthony Thomas to win the Pac-12 title, tempering their performance with thrilling quarterback play from Darron Thomas.

Wisconsin features a slower-paced, power offense that attempts to punish its opponents into submission. The Badgers utilized running back Montee Ball to the tune of 1,759 yards and 32 touchdowns while tempering that thundering run game with a thrilling passer in Russell Wilson.

Both defenses are good, though not necessarily great.

So, what will happen in the 98th annual Rose Bowl?

Here are a few things to look for when the Ducks and Badgers go head-to-head in Pasadena, Calif.

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