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Badgers brace for smash-mouth Stanford

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PASADENA, California (WXOW) - Stanford University is one of the top academic institutions in the entire United States, but when it comes to football, the Cardinal can certainly play physical.

Derek Mason, the Stanford defensive coordinator said, "I know the perception about Stanford. It's out there in terms of it being out there on a farm and in terms of our student athletes with the intelligence factor. But let me tell you something, when you talk about playing football, these guys play football. They are football junkies. They love football."

There's an interesting match up within the game. Wisconsin's rushing offense averages around 238 yards per game, while the Stanford defense only allows around 88 yards per game. That's third best in the country.

"My philosophy and my thing is, the offensive lineman know that everything starts up front," said Badgers running back Montee Ball. "They kind of understand that. They bring the energy and level of focus to practice because they know that without them, this team would really struggle. Based on film, we can really see that Stanford takes a lot of pride in their d-line, in creating a lot of great plays, and we're hoping that we come out on top."

James White, another Badger rusher added, "This is going to be a physical football game, and like Montee said, it starts with our offensive linemen. They have a great defensive line. We have a great offensive line, so it'll be a physical game."

Wisconsin plays Stanford in Pasadena on January 1st.

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