Posted by on December 29th, 2011 in blog, CFF Features, Craig Blaser | 1 Comment

Finally, after what feels like months without relevant college football being played, we get down to the nitty gritty. Don’t get me wrong, I threw huge bowl parties for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, and the ever thrilling Belk Bowl (the cops were called for that one); but I can’t wait for the main course of the proverbial bowl season feast.


This year’s Rose Bowl between #10 Wisconsin and #5 Oregon on January 2nd should be a great one. Two teams who had higher hopes of being national champions this year, square off to face each other’s very different but highly successful offenses. This game could be won or lost in the first quarter. If Oregon jumps out of the gate, it could be difficult for Wisconsin to play catch-up. 


Wisconsin has some serious talent on the offensive side of the ball in QB Russell Wilson and RB Montee Ball.


The Badgers may hold an advantage over Chip Kelly’s Ducks if history holds true. Teams with a lot of time to prepare for Oregon tend to have some success against them. Wisconsin will attempt to do what they do best, and that is to hold onto the football for as long as possible and keep Oregon’s high-powered offense off the field. The way they’ve done that this year is ground and pounding the ball to Montee Ball, converting an absurd amount of 3rd down attempts, and being downright lethal in the red-zone. If this formula holds true, then they will dominate the time of possession battle.










The issue with Wisconsin’s strategy of keeping the ball away from Oregon, is that the Ducks don’t need a lot of time to score. SPEED and PACE are two controlling factors of the Oregon Offense. They are the #3 scoring offense in nation. Time of possession hardly mattered to the Ducks against Stanford this year when they beat the Cardinal 56 to 30. Stanford had the time of possession advantage 35 mins to 25 mins. Their ability to stretch the field is unmatched in college football. They can spread your defense out and hand it to LaMichael James, who has had an insane 3 straight seasons of over 1,500 yards; or have Darron Thomas air it out. Don’t forget the uniform factor either; the above image shows the 10,000th uniform combination the Ducks will don for the special occasion.


I forecast an exciting matchup with a lot of scoring; but ultimately the game will come down to “the Chip factor.” Chip Kelly is 0-2 in BCS bowl games, including a loss to Ohio State 2 years ago where the Buckeyes won by controlling the ball. The Badgers still have a chip on their shoulders from last year’s heartbreaking loss to TCU in Pasadena.




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  1. Quack Head says:

    The Big10 is overrated and will be completely outmatched against the Ducks. The Badgers are going to piss themselves when they see the Darth Vader unis. GO DUCKS!!!

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