If not for a fourth-down stand by Stanford's mighty front seven against that likewise mighty Wisconsin ground game, the Badgers would likely be leading the 2013 Rose Bowl going into halftime. Either way, what was once on course to be a Stanford blowout (the Cardinal led, 14-0, after just nine minutes) has turned into a microcosm of Wisconsin's season: it was terrible at first, then got good.
Montee Ball has been Montee Ball, carrying 17 times for 87 yards already, and dual threat Curt Phillips has both avoided mistakes and made the most of what that Stanford defense allows -- he has 68 through the air and 45 on the ground.
Both teams are poppin', both offenses are hitting hard and both defenses have moments to be proud of. Barry Alvarez, in his return to the sidelines for the first time since 2005, and with the ball coming the Badgers' way to begin the second half, it would appear he's refound his footing.
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