Monday, December 31, 2012

PS Bowl-A-Thon 2012: Rose Bowl

Too hung over to see the parade? Here’s the Highlights.

The When/Where:
Tuesday, January 1st at 5 p.m. EST. Rose Bowl, Pasadena. ABC.

The Who:
Wisconsin Badgers (8-5, 4-4 Big 10) vs. #6 Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 8-1 PAC 12)

The Why:
The Granddaddy of them all. 

The Pac-12 and Big 10 teams meet here annually (when its not the national championship game or on the rare occasion that one of the schools is in the national championship game) in the tournament of roses. The oldest and most prestigious of the bowl games. I can still hear Keith Jackson.

Stanford beat Oregon and then UCLA twice in consecutive weeks to win the PAC-12. The Cardinal are making their first appearance here since 2000, when they lost to Wisconsin and Barry Alvarez.

How did Wisconsin get here? Deep breath. So Ohio State had players selling trophies and what not. That led to Jim Tressel’s resignation and they chose this year to sit out of bowls and championships. Then Penn State who would have been the runner up in the Leaders Division had the whole Jerry Sandusky thing happen. The NCAA almost gave them the death penalty, but instead got 4 years of no bowls or fun. That left 4-4 Wisconsin to head to the title game. Where they thrashed Nebraska. [ed. BIIIIGGGGGG TEEEEENNNNN!!!!!]

This is their third consecutive appearance in Pasadena. That apparently so bored head coach Bret Bielema that he decided to take the head-coaching job at Arkansas. Enter Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, long-time Wisconsin head ball coach, who will coach the team in the Rose Bowl. Alvarez nearly pulled a Bill Snyder and came back full-time, but instead it will be Gary Anderson from Utah State taking over on Jan. 2nd. Truth sometimes is stranger than fiction.

What Smartypants Accounting Guy Would Tell You:
Stanford features a very good defense, giving up just over 17 ppg. They gave up only 14 to Oregon. Their run defense is third in the country. Stepfan Taylor iS the rushing offense with 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns. Freshman Kevin Hogan will continue under center for the Cardinal.

Wisconsin will bring big Montee Ball and the #12 rush offense in the nation to Pasadena. The Badgers are not very effective in the air. Still, Alvarez won three Rose Bowls. Bielema had not won any.

Pool Prognosticators Pattern:
It’s hard to pick a Wisconsin team that lost to TCU in the Rose Bowl. And the Big Ten playing the PAC-12 hasn’t exactly worked out well for the Big 10. The speed- yada, yada, yada.

Stanford isn’t the same as when Andrew Luck was the Quarterback, but hey they beat Oregon. I haven’t been to Palo Alto, but I enjoy technology products.

The Vegas Edge:
Stanford by 6.5 Over/Under is 47.

The Sweatpants Verdict:
This is low-scoring ground and pound game. Stanford probably has the edge in intensity. Wisconsin has some uncertainty.

Stanford 24 Wisconsin 14.

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