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Know Your Foe: Badger facts for the 99th Rose Bowl

December 31, 2012

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I’m in Los Angeles for the 99th edition of the Rose Bowl, pitting my alma mater against the Big 10 champion. To celebrate the occasion, here is the first of two posts featuring facts on the two squads. Wisconsin is in the spotlight today; I’ll have a shorter roundup of Stanford football facts on New Year’s Day.

Speaking of which: Happy New Year — and thank you, as always, for reading this blog! Now, on to the football!

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Wisconsin parallels Stanford in that both had problems finding consistent quarterback play.

Moreover, both teams are appearing in their third consecutive BCS bowl game, tied for second after Oregon, which is making its fourth straight appearance. Wisconsin has played in the previous two Rose Bowls. The Cardinal finished its last two seasons in the Orange and Fiesta bowls.

The Cardinal is 42-10 (.808) since the start of the 2009 season, the sixth-best mark in the FBS. Wisconsin checks in at 40-13 (.755), or 11th-best.

Adequate QB play and a strong rushing game could be enough to power Wisconsin to victory. Wisconsin has not had 300 yards passing in any game this year, relying instead on its ground attack. With 277.8 yards per game, the Badgers’ rushing attack is the 12th most potent in the nation.

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