I’ve been studying the ‘total’ for the Rose Bowl odds for quite some time, and I’m ready to make my Rose Bowl picks for the clash between the Stanford Cardinal and the Wisconsin Badgers. The Wisconsin vs. Stanford kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. ET at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA, and I’m going to show you which way to bet on college football to make your CFB pick on for this great game.
2013 Rose Bowl
Wisconsin Badgers (8-5, 6-7 ATS) +5.5
Stanford Cardinal (11-2, 8-5 ATS) -5.5
It’s really difficult to think that I want to play an ‘over’ in a game where one team plays outstanding defense and has a suspect offense and the other has no passing game to work with whatsoever, but I still think that the Granddaddy of them All has the potential to have at least 50-55 points scored in it. Don’t let that 5-8 over/under record of Stanford jade you in this one. In spite of the fact that Wisky had a terrible offense for the mass majority of the season that really didn’t bust out once and for all until the last game of the year in the Big Ten Championship Game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, ‘over’ bettors still went 8-4 on the campaign in Badgers games.
Head Coach Barry Alvarez knows what he is doing with the Badgers in spite of the fact that he hasn’t coached a game in quite some time. He knows that he is going to turn around and hand the ball to RB Montee Ball, RB James White, and RB Melvin Gordon at least 35-40 times between the three of them in the Rose Bowl, regardless of what the score is. This is a man that has a great knack for coaching up big, huge offensive linemen, and the four weeks to prepare for this game has been more than enough to get the big uglies motivated to take on a Stanford team that allows just a svelte 88.0 yards per game on the ground in the high octane Pac-12.
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It’s not like the Stanford offense is totally inept. The offense has done a better job of finding its way into the end zone with QB Kevin Hogan calling the shots. RB Stepfan Taylor is doing more damage on the ground, and Hogan is keeping the chains moving with a 72.9 percent completion percentage. The Badgers have been known to give up some points at times this year, especially against mobile quarterbacks. Again, I really don’t think that this is going to be a ridiculous shootout, but it doesn’t really have to be one either. If both of these teams can find the end zone three times apiece, that should be more than enough to get it into the 50s and past the ‘total’.
Wisconsin vs. Stanford Picks & Tips: Over 47