In looking at the remainder of Wisconsin's schedule, the Badgers have a relatively smooth path to the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin's only viable threat comes this Saturday at No. 16 Michigan State. If the Badgers can win this game, I see them rolling into the Rose Bowl unscathed.
In the Pac-12, however, the road to the Rose Bowl goes through Palo Alto, California. Oregon will travel to Stanford Stadium to take on a powerful Stanford team in one of the most anticipated games of the season.
Even though this year's game is in Palo Alto, I don't see it panning out any differently than it did last year when Oregon rocked Stanford at Autzen Stadium.
Yes, Stanford has QB Andrew Luck, RB Stepfan Taylor (who doesn't get half the credit he deserves), and some of the most athletics tight ends I've ever seen. But Oregon has head coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti.
Stanford plays the game a certain way. Andrew Luck carves up your defense while running backs Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney, Anthony Wilkerson and Jeremy Stewart, combined with one of the greatest offensive lines in the country, run it down the opposition's throat.
Chip Kelly and Nick Aliotti know this. They'll play naïve in the first half while completely knowing how to stop Stanford. If Stanford doesn't introduce some different style of play in the second half, Aliotti will draw up plays that can, and I think will, potentially dismantle the Cardinal offense just like he did last year.
Oregon's offense is too fast to be stopped by Stanford defense. They'll pick them apart.
Because Oregon will beat Stanford, look for them to land a spot against Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.