The Wisconsin Badgers and the Stanford Cardinal are going to square off on the Rose Bowl odds and betting lines. Join us here at Cappers Info, as we make our Rose Bowl picks & predictions for football for what should be a great game on Tuesday.
Rose Bowl Picks: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Stanford Cardinal
Date: Tuesday, January 1st, 5:00 ET
Location: Rose Bowl Stadium, Pasadena, CA
Rose Bowl Betting Odds: Stanford -5.5
Wisconsin vs. Stanford Live TV: ESPN
It has been quite awhile since Barry Alvarez graced the field as the head coach of the Badgers, but with Bret Bielema gone for the Arkansas Razorbacks, Alvarez has one more crack at winning the Granddaddy of them All in the Rose Bowl. Alvarez inherits a team that is white hot at the moment, as Wisconsin really has played great ball down the stretch of the season. Many gave Wisky a tough time for a bad start to the year, but in the end, a loss to Oregon State, a loss at Nebraska, and a pair of overtime defeats to Ohio State and Penn State were nothing to be ashamed of. The only loss of any real note was the 16-13 home defeat against Michigan State, and that too, came in overtime. This has largely been a team of bad fortune more than anything else this year, but that bad fortune is nothing new for this team in this spot. The Badgers have been beaten in back to back Rose Bowls, and they are trying to avoid becoming the first team since 1977-1979 when the Michigan Wolverines lost three Rose Bowls in a row.
The passing game remains abysmal for the Badgers, but RB Montee Ball and RB James White had themselves great seasons once again. Ball is the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history after finding the end zone 21 times this year, and he finished up with 1,727 rushing yards as well. White had 802 yards on just 119 carries, while RB Melvin Gordon also averaged a whopping 10.8 yards per carry to tally 570 yards on the campaign. These three are going to have their work cut out for them against a Stanford defense that has been out of this world this year by Pac-12 standards. The team held down the Oregon Ducks in Autzen Stadium and was able to manhandle the UCLA Bruins not just once, but twice on the way here to Pasadena. Head Coach David Shaw has his team in the Rose Bowl, which is something that neither QB Andrew Luck nor Head Coach Jim Harbaugh were able to do in their time on “The Farm.”
This still feels like a game that the Badgers are going to find some way to win to us. We think that this team has been vastly underrated all year long, and they finally busted out of their shells in the Big Ten Championship Game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It’s going to be tough sledding to run the football, just as it has been in the last two Rose Bowls, but the Stanford offense, unlike those of the Ducks and the Horned Frogs before it, cannot capitalize with huge plays. The losing streak in the Rose Bowl will come to a close, and Alvarez will be carried off the field by his players in arguably the most emotional win in Wisconsin’s football history.
Wisconsin vs. Stanford Pick: Wisconsin Badgers +5.5
Rose Bowl Score Prediction: Wisconsin 23 – Stanford 17