Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/30/12
The battle between the Big-10 Champions (Wisconsin) and the Pac-12 Champions (Stanford #6 nationally) is one of the most enticing match-ups of this bowl season.The Wisconsin Badgers will be competing in in their third consecutive Rose Bowl against arguably the hottest team in the nation. The Stanford Cardinal heads to the Rose Bowl on a seven game winning streak, including a field goal win over Oregon--a game that displayed Stanford's suffocating defense and ball-controlled offense. While Stanford is trending up, the Wisconsin football program finds itself in an unlikely state of flux. Former Coach Bret Bielema stunned the college football world when he decided to take the head coaching gig at Arkansas. The departure, although a damaging blow to the Wisconsin fan base, is softened by the fact that Wisconsin legend--and current AD Barry Alvarez--has decided to step-inand coach the big game. Alvarez, who turned Wisconsin football into a national power in the 90's, is undefeated in Ros...
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