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