Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/1/13
Another trip to Pasadena and another loss to a great team at the Rose Bowl. Stanford came into the game as one of the best-rounded teams in the country and left with a 20-14 win. To get there, the Cardinal had to fight off a tough Wisconsin Badgers team who despite five losses proved they can stick with one anyone in the country. What It Means: First and foremost, the courageous play of the Badgers along with Michigan (loss to South Carolina) and Nebraska (loss to Georgia) proved that the Big Ten was no joke this season. In what was considered by many to be a “down-year,” the Big Ten took three of the best teams in the country to the wire. From the Badgers perspective, the loss in a third-straight Rose Bowl marks the beginning to an end. It was an era in which Wisconsin won three straight conference titles, but couldn’t get to the next level. Now they turn to a new head coach in Gary Andersen and try to continue the success while winning bowl games. Player of the Game: RB Montee Ba...
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