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Pac-12: Stanford playing for league pride in Rose Bowl

Thanks to Oregon State's late fade against Texas in the Alamo Bowl and USC's embarrassing loss to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl, the Pac-12 is now 2-4 in the postseason. Now come the games that really matter.

The league's New Year's Day opportunity for redemption comes in the Rose Bowl, with Stanford meeting Wisconsin.

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This has been a season of credibility for the Cardinal, having lost quarterback Andrew Luck. Coach David Shaw has done a terrific job of maintaining the level of performance that Luck and former coach Jim Harbaugh helped establish. Stanford would love to add a Rose Bowl victory to its Pac-12 championship.

That can happen if the Cardinal defense plays the way it did in a 17-14 win over Oregon in November. Wisconsin will try to run right at Stanford in the tradition of Barry Alvarez's Badger program. Alvarez, Wisconsin's athletic director, is coaching the team today in the wake of Bret Bielema's departure to Arkansas. Bielema's successor, former Utah State coach Gary Andersen, will observe the proceedings from the sideline.

Stanford should have the more diverse offense in this matchup, which may make the difference. It's getting tougher to pick the Pac-12 team in these bowl games, but this is a new year, right? The pick: Stanford 21, Wisconsin 17.</

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California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring
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» Cal names Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as new basketball coach
» New Cal coach Cuonzo Martin praised by mentor Gene Keady, others

Colorado (Denver Post)
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» CU Buffs backup QB Jordan Gehrke impresses during spring drills
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Oregon (The Oregonian)
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Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
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» OSU gymnastics: Beavers headed to Penn State for NCAA regionals
» OSU wins seventh straight racquetball national title

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford's Olympic diving coach Rick Schavone retires
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament
» Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike is WNBA's top overall draft pick

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
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» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
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» Poll: What do you think of the Huskies' new uniforms?
» Huskies unveil new uniforms (photos)
» UW spring depth chart: Defense

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» WSU AD Bill Moos on Gonzaga series and more
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» Spring Practice Report: Day 10



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