Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/12/15
When Stanford, not Oregon, was named as part of the BCS and was booked for a date with Michigan State I could help but think how a potent offense meets a hardworking defense in the Rose Bowl.Hmm. I think we have heard about this one before. But with Stanford, the BCS committee got it right. The Cardinal was a huge success this season, despite the two losses in a much improved Pac 12. Michigan State on the other hand, has flown under the radar for most of the season, using its defense and a solid running game to stymie its opponents and prove that you do not have to use a machine gun style of offense to be successful in the Big Ten.In the end however, it will be the Cardinal red that will prevail. Here are five reasons why.David ShawHe may be the most underrated coach in the Pac 12 and college football. All he does is produce winners. Shaw was an assistant for Jim Harbaugh when he coached Andrew Luck and the high scoring teams a few years ago. Now, the top job belongs to him and it w...
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