PASADENA, California (WXOW) - The main story-line for the Rose Bowl is Wisconsin's offense against Stanford's stout "D." On the flip side, Stanford is averaging 28.5 points per game, while the Badgers' defense is allowing only 19.1 points per game.
Chris Ash, Wisconsin's co-defensive coordinator said, "Our goal, we want to give up 17 points or less. We've been pretty good at that throughout the course of the season. I'm happy with how our guys have improved from the beginning of the season to the end of the season."
Stanford is known for being physical up front, and having a run-first philosophy with Stepfan Taylor, who has 1,442 rushing yards this season.
Badgers linebacker Chris Borland said, "We play this brand of football and we love playing it as players on defense. We get to go against it every day in practice, so we're trained for it and we enjoy it."
"I think it's just been consistency," added Wisconsin Safety Shelton Johnson. "I think we've been a lot better with being everywhere we're supposed to be when we're supposed to be there. That's when those big plays happen, when somebody tries to do too much or doesn't do the exact right thing where they're supposed to be and it just puts the whole defense in a funk."
Wisconsin meets Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Tuesday, January 1st.
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