01/01/2013 02:51 pm ET

Rose Bowl 2013 LIVE UPDATES: Stanford, Wisconsin Face Off In 'Granddaddy Of Them All'

The 99th Granddaddy Of Them All is finally here. And the Badgers are back.

Losers in the last two editions of the Rose Bowl, the Wisconsin Badgers (8-5) return to Pasadena looking for an elusive win. Standing in their way this time around is the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal (11-2). After sending game-changing quarterbacks to the NFL after last season, both Wisconsin and Stanford leaned on reliable, powerful running backs during their 2012 campaigns.

Wisconsin's Montee Ball broke the NCAA record for most career rushing touchdowns at the end of the season. Stanford's Stepfan Taylor is the school's leading rusher and one end zone trip short of becoming the school's career touchdowns leader.

"You can't really have a better running back matchup in college football than this one," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said, via the Associated Press.

Alvarez is back on the Wisconsin sideline after head coach Bret Bielema left the team after seven years to take a head coaching job at Arkansas. A familiar face in Madison, Alvarez had been replaced by Bielema in 2005. With Bielema having bolted for the SEC, Alvarez will lead Wisconsin against a red-hot Stanford team in search of his fourth Rose Bowl victory.

The Cardinal ended the season with seven straight wins, the last four against ranked teams. Not surprisingly, the Pac-12 champions are favored (line opened at -6) against this Badgers group that was just 4-4 in conference. The Badgers became the first five-loss team to play in the Rose Bowl by blowing out Nebraska by 39 in the Big Ten Championship Game.

Will they rise to the occasion once again? Or will the favored Cardinal bounce back from getting upset in the Fiesta Bowl last year?

Stay tuned here for live updates throughout the game.

01/01/2013 8:27 PM EST

@ Miller_Dave :

Montee Ball was held to just 12 yards in the second half.

01/01/2013 8:26 PM EST

@ MattRHinton :

In consecutive years Stanford has had to replace a Heisman runner-up, a head coach & another Heisman runner-up. Record in those years: 34-4.

01/01/2013 8:23 PM EST

@ smartfootball :

What was with that interview with Shaw? Double booked?

01/01/2013 8:22 PM EST


ESPN's Heather Cox tried interviewing Stanford coach David Shaw but he was told to go to the trophy presentation. You could hear Cox say "Are you kidding me?" She interviewed him shortly after, but very awkward moment right there.

01/01/2013 8:20 PM EST



01/01/2013 8:18 PM EST

@ slmandel :

Didn't know if Usua would get much action as Stanford's nickel back. He gets the huge INT

01/01/2013 8:18 PM EST

3rd and 1

Taylor runs left and easily picks up the first down crossing the 45-yard line. That should do it for the Cardinal. It looks like Wisconsin just lost a third straight Rose Bowl.

01/01/2013 8:16 PM EST

@ Miller_Dave :

First turnover of the game comes at the worst possible time for the Badgers. #WISvsSTAN

01/01/2013 8:16 PM EST

2nd and 8

Taylor gets the carry, breaks a big tackle and gets about 7 yards on the play. It looked like he had the first down but the refs ruled him about 1 yard short. Wisconsin calls timeout.

01/01/2013 8:15 PM EST

1st and 10

Taylor runs left and gets about 2 yards on the play. Wisconsin hasn't called a timeout.