Rose Bowl 2013: Stanford vs. Wisconsin TV Info, Predictions and More

Patrick RungeCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2012

Rose Bowl 2013: Stanford vs. Wisconsin TV Info, Predictions and More

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    The 2013 Rose Bowl will feature the Stanford Cardinal, champions of the Pac-12 Conference, facing the Wisconsin Badgers, champions of the B1G Conference. Stanford (11-2) beat UCLA 27-24 in the Pac-12 Championship and is making its 13th appearance in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin (8-5) embarrassed Nebraska 70-31 in the B1G Championship and is making its third straight Rose Bowl appearance and eighth in school history.

Game-Day Information

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    Where: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA (grass, 92,542)

    When: January 01, 2013, 4:10 p.m. central

    TV: ABC national (likely Brent Musberger play-by-play, Kirk Herbstreit color)

    Radio: Cardinal Sports NetworkBadger Sports Network radio, WatchESPN.com television

    Live Streaming: TuneIn channels for Stanford and Wisconsin

    Betting Line: Stanford -6.5, from the Wynn courtesy of Johnny Detroit.

Key Storylines

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    Both Stanford and Wisconsin had to face rematches to earn an appearance in the Grandaddy of Them All. For Stanford, it had to beat UCLA on the road (ironically enough, in the Rose Bowl), then win again a week later in Palo Alto. The Cardinal did so with an exciting 27-24 win over the Bruins.

    Wisconsin avenged its 30-27 defeat in Lincoln in September—and then some—with a 70-31 demolition of Nebraska in the B1G Championship in Indianapolis. The Badgers' evisceration of the Cornhuskers means Wisconsin will be the first five-loss team to compete for the Rose Bowl title. 

Stanford Depth Chart and Injury Report

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    OFFENSE

    WR – Drew Terrell, Kelsey Young OR Kodi Whitfield

    LT – David Yankey, Andrus Peat

    LG – Khalil Wilkes, David Yankey

    C – Sam Schwartzstein, Conor McFadden

    RG – Kevin Danser, Joshua Garnett

    RT – Cameron Fleming, Kyle Murphy OR Brendon Austin

    TE – Levine Toilolo OR Zach Ertz

    QB – Kevin Hogan, Josh Nunes, Brett Nottingham

    RB – Stepfan Taylor, Anthony Wilkerson OR Ricky Seale OR Remound Wright

    FB – Ryan Hewitt, Lee Ward

    WR – Jamal-Rashad Patterson OR Ty Montgomery, Jordan Pratt, Devon Cajuste

    DEFENSE

    DE – Henry Anderson, Josh Mauro

    DT – David Parry, Anthony Hayes

    DE – Ben Gardner, Aziz Shittu

    OLB – Trent Murphy, Kevin Anderson

    ILB – A.J. Tarpley, James Vaughters

    ILB – Shayne Skov, Jarek Lancaster

    OLB – Chase Thomas, Alex Debniak

    LCB – Terrence Brown, Wayne Lyons

    FS – Ed Reynolds, Devon Carrington

    SS – Jordan Richards, Harold Bernard, Zach Hoffpauir

    RCB – Alex Carter, Barry Browning

    NB – Usua Amanam, Ronnie Harris

    SPECIALISTS

    PK – Jordan Williamson, Ben Rhyne OR Conrad Ukropina

    P – Ben Rhyne

    LS – Reed Miller, Jacob Gowan, Torsten Rotto

    H – Ben Rhyne

    KOR – Remound Wright OR Kelsey Young

    PR – Drew Terrell

    As of the Pac-12 Championship, original located here 

Wisconsin Depth Chart and Injury Report

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    OFFENSE

    QB – Curt Phillips, Danny O’Brien

    RB – Montee Ball, James White

    FB – Derek Watt, Sherard Cadogan

    WR – Jared Abbrederis, Chase Hammond

    WR – Jordan Frederick, Kenzel Doe

    TE – Jacob Pedersen, Austin Traylor

    TE – Brian Wozniak OR Sam Arneson, Brock DeCicco

    LT – Rick Wagner, Tyler Marz

    LG – Ryan Groy, Dallas Lewallen

    C – Travis Frederick, Dan Voltz

    RG – Kyle Costigan, Zac Matthias

    RT – Rob Havenstein, Robert Burge

    DEFENSE

    DE – David Gilbert, Konrad Zagzebski

    DT – Beau Allen, Bryce Gilbert

    DT – Ethan Herner, Warren Herring

    DE – Pat Muldoon OR Brendan Kelly, Tyler Dippel

    SLB – Ethan Armstrong, Conor O’Neill

    MLB – Chris Borland, Marcus Trotter

    WLB – Mike Taylor, Derek Landisch

    CB – Marcus Cromarte, Peniel Jean

    SS – Shelton Johnson, Michael Caputo

    FS – Dezmen Southward, Michael Trotter

    CB – Devin Smith, Darius Hillary

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    P – Drew Meyer, Stephen Salata

    K(FG) – Kyle French OR Jack Russell, Stephen Salata

    KO – Kyle French, Jack Russell

    LS – James McGuire, Connor Udelhoven

    H – Drew Meyer, Stephen Salata

    PR – Kenzel Doe OR Jared Abbrederis, James White

    KR – Kenzel Doe OR Melvin Gordon, James White

    As of the B1G Championship, original located here

Stanford Player to Watch: Kevin Hogan

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    Wisconsin will know that Stanford’s primary weapon is running back Stepfan Taylor and will key its defense to stopping Taylor. It will be up to Hogan, a redshirt freshman who won the job in the middle of the season, to step onto the big stage and direct Stanford’s offense. The Badgers will likely force Hogan to make big plays to win.

Wisconsin Player to Watch: Melvin Gordon

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    Yes, Montee Ball is back and has more touchdowns than anyone has ever scored in the FBS. Yes, James White is a dangerous runner spelling Ball.

    But it was Gordon, a freshman, who really gave Nebraska fits in the B1G title game. He was the game’s leading rusher with 216 yards. On nine carries. Let that sink in.

    Stanford, like Wisconsin, is a disciplined and well-coached team that will be prepared to take Wisconsin’s main weapons away. Look for Gordon to make an impact.

Key Matchups: Matt Canada vs. Derek Mason

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    Canada, Wisconsin’s offensive coordinator, coached circles around Bo Pelini and the Nebraska defensive unit in the B1G title game. Throughout the first half, his play-calling and personnel moves kept Nebraska off balance and out of position, allowing the Badgers to take a 42-10 (!) lead into the locker room.

    But Mason, Stanford’s defensive coordinator, has the Cardinal sporting the nation’s 14th-best scoring defense. Of all the matchups in this year’s Rose Bowl, the chess match between these two coordinators will go the farthest in determining a winner.

Stanford Will Win If ...

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    …Curt Phillips has to win the game for the Badgers. Wisconsin is relying on fifth-year senior Phillips to quarterback after Joel Stave was injured and Danny O’Brien flopped. Phillips is a solid game manager, but he does not have the kind of athletic ability needed to truly challenge a top-level defense. Wisconsin managed to demolish Nebraska with Phillips only throwing eight passes (and, amazingly enough, being only two yards off from being Wisconsin’s leading receiver).

    If Phillips is being asked to win the game for Wisconsin, it is likely because Stanford has taken away the Badgers’ rushing attack. The Cardinal would have to like its chances in that matchup.

Wisconsin Will Win If ...

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    …Stanford gives Wisconsin a little help. Yes, Stanford is a smart and well-disciplined team. But the Cardinal are 31st nationally in turnover margin and 69th nationally in penalties. If Wisconsin can have some success moving the ball and can play a clean game, the Badgers should be able to keep the game close into the fourth quarter and have a chance to sneak out of Pasadena with a trophy.

Prediction

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    In many ways, Wisconsin and Stanford are mirror images. Both are tough, well-coached and physical football teams. But Stanford has a clear advantage at quarterback and also boasts the nation’s third-ranked rushing defense. Look for the Cardinal to make the Badgers one-dimensional and to do a far better job of stopping Wisconsin’s rushing attack than Nebraska did (although that’s not setting the bar too high). Both teams play basically the same game, but Stanford does it a little better and has a little more firepower to do so.

    Fearless Forecast: Stanford 23, Wisconsin 17 

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