Sunday, December 30, 2012

2013 Rose Bowl Preview

Date: January 1, 2013 5:00 PM ET
Stadium: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California
Payout: $17,000,000 per team
Played: 1902, 1916-present
Former Names: Tournament East-West Football Game (1902, 1916-1922)
Broadcasters: Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit
Sideline Reporter: Heather Cox, Tom Rinaldi

Wisconsin: The Badgers played in the Big Ten Championship, despite a third-place finish in the Leaders division, due to sanctions at Ohio State and Penn State. A 70-31 rout of Nebraska in the title game earned the Badgers their third consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin has lost to TCU and Oregon in its past two Rose Bowls. Wisconsin's head coach of seven years, Bret Bielema, bolted for Arkansas. Athletic director and former head coach Barry Alvarez will lead the team.    

Stanford: With the departure of Andrew Luck to the NFL, Stanford fell from the 22nd-ranked passing offense to 94th in the country. Despite a poor passing game, the Cardinal won their first conference championship since 1999, due to a stout defense. Stanford's run defense was the third-best in the FBS. The defense also produced 56 sacks, the most in the nation. Stanford rides a seven-game winning streak as it looks to win the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1972.

Wisconsin Stanford
Overall Record 8-5 Overall Record 11-2
Conference Record 4-4 Conference Record 8-1
Bowl Record 11-12 Bowl Record 10-12-1
Last Bowl Win 2009 Champs Sports Last Bowl Win 2011 Orange

All Time Series: 4-0-1 Wisconsin
Line: Stanford by 6

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