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Badgers say they're ready for Stanford's defense

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Wisconsin football players say they'll be ready for Stanford's 3-4 defense when the two teams play in the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on New Year's Day.

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Only two teams used three-down linemen against the Badgers this season - Utah State and Penn State.

Left tackle Rick Wagner says the Stanford 3-4 poses more of a mental game because the defensive players do a lot of shifting.

Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas says the Wisconsin offense does a lot of shifting at the line as well.

Stanford linebacker A.J. Tarpley says the Cardinal will try to keep the Badgers guessing on where their fourth and sometimes fifth linebackers go on each play.

Tarpley says Wisconsin runs the ball more than most of Stanford's opponents have this year. He said it will be a challenge to adjust the Badgers' rushing game.

Badgers quarterback Curt Phillips said it was great to have a month of preparation for Stanford's schemes.

The players made their comments at Sunday's Rose Bowl Media Day.

Ludwig picked for offensive coordinator

It won't be official until the job is posted for two weeks, but observers at the Rose Bowl said it appears Andy Ludwig is new Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen's top choice to run the Badger offense next year.

Ludwig has been the offensive coordinator at San Diego State the last two seasons. He watched the Badgers' Rose Bowl practice Sunday.

Andersen told reporters the majority of the new hires should be announced in less than a week. Current staff members retained include running backs coach Thomas Hammock and secondary coach Ben Strickland.

Offensive line coach Bart Miller is hoping to be hired as tight ends coach.

Andersen and Ludwig coached together at Utah for four seasons, starting in 2005. They led the Utes to a 13-0 record in 2008.

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