LOS ANGELES A natural line of questioning during bowl game build-up is to ask football players to compare their next opponent with previous opponents from the season. The idea is that a team and media members can find some sort of gauge for the future based on the way it has played in the past.
So when Wisconsin quarterback Curt Phillips was asked this week to liken Stanfords defense to that of other teams in the Big Ten, Phillips obliged by rattling off three programs: Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State.
For the sake of Wisconsin (8-5), it had better hope the results dont follow the same script during Tuesdays Rose Bowl against No. 6 Stanford (11-2). All three of those Big Ten games ended in heartbreaking Wisconsin losses in overtime because the Badgers couldnt do what they typically do best: run the ball.
Which team is even better at stopping the run? Stanford.
"They're very big a lot bigger than how they look on film because we ran into a couple of them at Disneyla...