Stanford gives up 18.6 points; Michigan State 12.7 (best in the nation)

Stanford averages 202.2 yards passing; Michigan State 202.5

Stanford averages 210.9 yards rushing; Michigan State 182.2

Stanford is ranked No. 5 in the Bowl Championship Series standings, Associated Press media poll and USA Today Coaches poll; Michigan State is No. 4 in those same ratings.


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Stanford is 11-2; Michigan State is 12-1.

The teams' combined record of 23-3. The only bowl game that will be played between teams with 23 wins is back here at the Rose Bowl next Monday when Florida State and Auburn meet in the BCS national championship game.

Florida State and Auburn have combined for 25 wins.

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The Los Angeles Times has four reporters covering today's Rose Bowl game, and their predictions are in:

In today's Sports section, national football columnist Chris Dufresne picked Stanford to win, 24-20.

Of course, Dufresne's wife is a grad, so he needs to keep peace in the house.

Gary Klein, who has been covering both Rose Bowl teams and is USC's beat reporter, also picked the Cardinal, 27-26.

Columnist Bill Dwyre also says Stanford will win, forecasting a 24-17 score.

That leaves Deputy Sports Editor Mike Hiserman gloating alone afterward. He's picking Michigan State, 17-16.

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It's about an hour before the scheduled kickoff at the Rose Bowl, and if you are interested in selling now is the time to list your house.

There should be plenty of mid-Westerners ready to buy.

This is exactly the kind of Rose Bowl day that Jim Murray, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist of the Los Angeles Times, partially credited for  Southern California's population explosion.

There is not a cloud in the sky. The temperature is in the mid-70s, and there is just a trace of a breeze.

Meantime, weather conditions in East Lansing, Mich.: 12 degrees with light snow.

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