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Stanford Cardinal briefing: Knowledge for the 99th Rose Bowl

January 1, 2013

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To mark the playing of the 99th edition of the Rose Bowl this afternoon in Pasadena, Calif., I have assembled some facts and figures on the contestants. My look at Big 10 champion Wisconsin appeared yesterday; now, here’s a look at my alma mater, the Pac 12’s top team of 2012.

The Stanford Cardinal football squad has won at least 11 games for the third straight season, an unprecedented run. To match the current string of four seasons of eight or more wins, Cardinal fans have to go back to the 1926-30 teams coached by the legendary Glenn “Pop” Warner. Before going 8-5 in 2009, Stanford had suffered seven straight losing seasons.

The Cardinal is headed to its fourth consecutive bowl game, and its third straight BCS berth, for the first time in school history. (By comparison, Stanford’s Rose Bowl opponent, Wisconsin, has a current skein of 11 consecutive bowl appearances.) The Cardinal has been ranked in the last 46 editions of the Associated Press poll, also a team record.

This year, the team has defeated five ranked squads, more than any other club. The Cardinal have won six games with fourth-quarter or overtime drives. It beat Arizona and Oregon in overtime but fell in a controversial extra period to Notre Dame, which will meet Alabama for the national championship.

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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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