Rose Bowl Stanford Cardinal Vs. Wisconsin Badgers 1/1/13 Ryan’s Free College Football Pick Against the Spread
The Stanford Cardinal finished 11-2 and 8-1 in the Pac-12. Stanford carries a seven-game winning streak into the Rose Bowl, highlighted by a dramatic win over then #1 Oregon. The Cardinal have not tasted defeat since an overtime loss at BCS Championship Game finalist Notre Dame on October 13th. Stanford beat four ranked opponents to close the season, including UCLA twice. The Cardinal also feature a top running back in Stepfan Taylor, who ran for 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns to become the school’s all-time leading rusher. Taylor had three straight 100-yard games after Kevin Hogan was inserted as the starting quarterback. Stanford’s offense picked up with Hogan at quarterback, scoring at least 27 points in four of his five appearances. Hogan completed 72.9% of his passes and his mobility added a new dimension to the offense. Hogan’s top target is star TE Zach Ertz, who set school records with 66 catches and 837 yards with 6 touchdowns. The Stanford defense allows an average of 17.5 points and 339 yards per game this year. LB Trent Murphy is the leader of a defense that led the nation with 56 sacks and 120 tackles for losses. S Ed Reynolds is a playmaker, intercepting six passes this season and returning three of them for touchdowns.
Wisconsin is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. Stanford is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
This game will be strength against strength, grind-it-out matchup between two schools that will be playing in a BCS bowl for the third straight season. Both teams will try to run the ball and I think Wisconsin may have the edge. However, Stanford will be able to pass the ball down field, while Wisconsin may struggle in the passing game. I think this game will be low scoring, so I’ll take the points with Wisconsin in this one.