Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Rose Bowl predictions
By Ted Miller
Both Kevin and Ted correctly picked Arizona and UCLA to win Tuesday. Kevin is 81-19 on the season, and Ted is 77-23.
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Kevin Gemmell: To me, the important factor in this game is experience and strength of schedule. Stanford has both on its side. The Cardinal have played the tougher schedule and are more than battle-tested coming into this game. They also have the experience of playing in a fourth-straight BCS bowl game, and that experience is invaluable in a grand-stage game like the Rose Bowl. Furthermore, the Cardinal haven’t had any player distractions like Michigan State has. I see this one playing out a lot like last year’s game. The Cardinal will get a lead and then hold on down the stretch. It’s what they do. And they are as good as any team in the country at doing it. Stanford 28, Michigan State 21.
Ted Miller: The first big question is how the loss of star LB Max Bullough to a suspension affects Michigan State's dominant defense. More than a few folks think it will be a significant blow. Imagine if Stanford lost Shayne Skov. The second question is which team can achieve balance, rushing and passing effectively, against a great opposing defense. It seems Stanford has an advantage at quarterback with Kevin Hogan over Connor Cook. I also think the Stanford offensive line is substantially better than any line the Spartans have faced. I do see this being a four-quarter game, but the Cardinal will prevail. Stanford 24, Michigan State 20.