Three keys to a Wisconsin win:
Build play-action: The Badgers' offense is no secret, regardless of who's calling the plays. They're going to run straight at Stanford, even though its front seven has demonstrated its excellence at defending the run. This is why Wisconsin needs to build the play-action and get receivers Jared Abbrederis and Jacob Pedersen involved. Both can help stretch Stanford's defense to open holes for the three-headed rushing attack.
Trust Phillips: The fifth-year senior who began the season as the third-string quarterback, fought back from three knee surgeries and finally started his first game with three games left in the regular season and the division title in doubt. Although the play calling was rather conservative, especially with the abundance of running backs, Phillips showed glimpses of what once made him a highly recruited dual-threat QB. Alvarez needs to slacken the reins on Phillips and let him throw the ball against Stanford's 83rd-ranked pass defense (251 ypg).
Motivation: Not many coaches have the gall to leave a team that's earned three straight Rose Bowl trips, but that's what Bielema did when he went to Arkansas. Part of the reason Bielema left was because he thought he had a better chance to win a championship coming out of the SEC. Senior leaders Taylor and Phillips requested that Alvarez coach the team in the wake of Bielema's departure, and now they all have an added incentive to win in Pasadena.