01/01/2013 08:57 AM
Three keys to a Stanford win:
Find Ertz: TE Zach Ertz has been Stanford's best reciever. His 66 catches is more than double the next-best receiver and at 6-foot-6 he can tower over Wisconsin's linebackers and safeties in the redzone. If Hogan sets the precedent early with Ertz, it should ease the pressure against Stanford's running game, helping Taylor scratch out some more yards.
Suffocate Badger run game: Stanford did it against Oregon (40 carries for 198 yards), it bottled up UCLA's running game in the first meeting (33 carries for 73 yards), and held the Irish to 150 yards on 44 carries. If Stanford's LBs can swarm to the ball carrier as well as they have all season, it will force Wisconsin into a pass-first offense that it's unaccustomed to playing.
Keep Hogan mobile: The freshman's mobility is precisely why coach David Shaw made the switch. His ability to scramble (209 yards on 48 attempts) keeps defenses honest and opens an array of read-options for him and Taylor. Wisconsin hasn't done particularly well against dual-threat QBs this year. It nearly lost to Utah State's spread offense, and Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez ran for almost 250 yards in two games against the Badgers.