Wisconsin vs. Stanford in Rose Bowl: College Football Picks

PJ Laferla

Tuesday, January 1, 2013 3:03 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 3:03 PM GMT

The “Granddaddy Of Them All” is a college football tradition and today Wisconsin and Stanford are the two Rose Bowl participants on one of the biggest stages, as both schools will be playing their hearts out for a victory in front of a national audience.


Rose Bowl Preview & Free Pick: Wisconsin vs. Stanford

The Wisconsin Badgers and the Stanford Cardinal will face each other on the field in the “Granddaddy Of Them All” when they meet in the Rose Bowl on this New Years Day as both teams will attempt to grind out a victory while also trying to beat the college football betting lines.

Kickoff in this traditional and classic contest is schedule for 5:00 PM EST from Pasadena, CA and can be seen live on national television, with broadcast coverage provided by ESPN.

The current College Football odds for this game has the advantage going to Stanford, who are listed as -5 point favorites, while the over/under total is coming in at 47 ½ points.

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Initially this matchup wasn’t as appealing as the normal Rose Bowl contests we have grown accustom to watching on New Years day, but with Brent Bielema bolting Wisconsin for a head coaching job with Arkansas, we get to see a return appearance by former coach and current AD Barry Alvarez, who took the Badgers to three Rose Bowls during his tenor, resulting in a 3-0 record.

Wisconsin features a defense that surrenders about 19 points a game, which is 19th best in the county. Stanford is even stingier, as they are only allowing opponents to score 14 points per contest.

Needless to say, we can expect ole fashion football in this game with points coming at a premium.

Wisconsin is a poor 0-5 against the spread in their last five non-conference games and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 following a straight up win.

Before making your Colege Football picks here, do note that five of their last seven bowl games have stayed under the posted total.

Stanford is a sensational 10-1 against the spread in their last 11 non-conference games and 19-6-1 in their last 26 games played on a grass field. They have also gone over the posted total in 19 of their last 26 games versus a team with a winning overall record.

Free Pick

If you like to watch games that area shootouts and feature plenty of action this game is not the one you want to view, as both teams are very difficult to score against. For this reason, I am going under the posted total in this contest.

College Bowl Picks: Under 47 ½ at Bookmaker

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