A Bret Bielema-free Wisconsin tries to shake its Rose Bowl hex against No. 6 Stanford.
The Wisconsin Badgers and No. 6 Stanford Cardinal square off in the 2013 Rose Bowl on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET. Television coverage of the venerable bowl game will be handled by ESPN, with streaming broadcast available on WatchESPN.
Stanford (11-2, 8-1) is playing in its third consecutive BCS bowl game, having lost to Oklahoma State in last year's Fiesta Bowl. The Cardinal finished their third 11-win season in a row with a victory in the Pac-12 Championship Game over UCLA, and have won seven consecutive games entering the Rose Bowl, including four straight wins against top 20 opponents. Halfback Stepfan Taylor has been crucial to the Cardinal offense, running 302 times for 1,442 yards and 12 touchdowns. Freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan, who took the reins of the Stanford offense in the season's last five games, has proven a worthy successor to top NFL draft pick Andrew Luck. Hogan has completed a staggering 72.9 percent of his pass attempts, throwing nine touchdowns against only three interceptions. More importantly, he is undefeated as a starting quarterback.
Wisconsin (8-5, 4-4) plays in its third consecutive Rose Bowl first game. It will be the Badgers' first game after the departure of longtime head coach Bret Bielema, who announced he was accepting the head coaching position at Arkansas following the Badgers' 70-31 demolition of Nebraska in the Big Ten Championship Game. Former head coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez will coach Wisconsin in the bowl game. The Badgers, who played for the conference championship despite finishing third in their division due to postgame prohibitions against Ohio State and Penn State, will be the first five-loss team to ever play in a Rose Bowl and have the lowest winning percentage of any Rose Bowl participant since 1950. Halfback Montee Ball, who set the all-time FBS record for career touchdowns this season, also plays his final collegiate game. Ball has run for 1,730 yards and 21 touchdowns this season, and has topped 190 rushing yards in three of the Badgers' final four games.
Game date and time
5 p.m. ET Jan. 1
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
Wisconsin: WIBA 101.5 FM/1310 AM
Stanford: KZSU 90.1 FM/KDOW 1220 AM
Last year’s game
Oregon 45 - Wisconsin 38
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