Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 12/30/11
LOS ANGELES If you're a college football fan, you've probably heard by now that Oregon posts points at a pace matched only by those fiddling with a joystick on a video-game screen. Even as the wave of spread offense teams grows across the country, the Ducks stand out with a tempo envied by most that simply cannot emulate their scheme. But while Oregon unquestionably serves as one of the gold standards of an attention-grabbing no-huddle, hurry-up spread, some might not recognize that Wisconsin is equally considered the pallbearer for high-scoring traditional power football.When Oregon (11-2) and Wisconsin (11-2) meet in the Rose Bowl on Monday, it will serve as a clash of two entirely different offensive schemes that are comparable only by their successes. Oregon averages 46.2 points per game. Wisconsin averages 44.6. For Oregon's defensive players, the Badgers' system is one to be admired, even if it stands in stark contrast to what they face every day on the practice field."They put up 40-plus points a lot of the time," Ducks linebacker Michael Clay said Friday. "They kind of go under the radar. They can really put up points. As a defense, we respect them totally."Wisconsin's success is predicated on a power run game that relies on holes created by an offensive line averaging 6-foot-5, 332 pounds the fifth-heaviest line of any professional or college football team. That mass is part of the reason running back Montee Ball has put together one of the finest seasons in college football history.Ball, a Heisman Trophy finalist, has rushed for 1,759 yads with 32 touchdowns. In total he has scored 38 times, one shy of tying Barry Sanders' NCAA record for FBS players, set in 1988 at Oklahoma State."We are going to have to stop the run and get them into uncomfortable downs," Ducks cornerback Anthony Gildon said. "Because if they have second-and-short all day, then they are going to feel real comfortable and they are going to be able to do everything that they want to do."Ball's long runs help set up the play-action pass with quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson has thrown for 2,879 yards with 31 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He is averaging 22 passes per game. The Badgers run the ball more than 43 times per contest. On average, they run for 237 yards and pass for 229."When you do that over the course of 13 games, and you're that balanced, it makes it real difficult," Ducks coach Chip Kelly said. "Because when you're going to defend somebody, you always wonder, well, let's take away what they do well. Well, they do both well."It may sound simple, but several Ducks players indicated the key to stopping Wisconsin was stuffing the line of scrimmage and not allowing Ball to break into the secondary, where he's capable of making most defenders miss in open space. "Most of the teams that they play, they have to tackle well," Oregon free safety John Boyett said. "Their safeties can't come up and make a tackle on the running back. He almost won the Heisman. So I think the one main thing to stand a chance is we have to tackle them."Players said the team most similar to Wisconsin's scheme that they had faced was Stanford because both teams run a pro-style offense. Oregon defeated Stanford 53-30 on Nov. 12. The difference is that Stanford possessed just one Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Andrew Luck. Both Ball and Wilson finished in the top 10 in the final Heisman voting this season.Couple that with Badgers wide receivers Nick Toon and Jared Abbrederis who both registered more than 800 yards receiving and the Ducks will be facing weapons they haven't dealt with before. In that regard, Monday's match-up is a two-way street."That's a good football team," Ducks safety Eddie Pleasant said. "They wouldn't be here if they weren't. So we've got our hands full and we've got our work cut out for us. We've just got to be ready to go."Follow Jesse Temple on Twitter
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