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No. 8 Stanford balancing studies with Rose Bowl

  • Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan celebrates with the game MVP trophy after a 27-24 win over UCLA during the Pac-12 championship NCAA college football game in Stanford, Calif., Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. The Cardinal will play the winner of the Big Ten title game between Nebraska and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

STANFORD — Kevin Hogan hustled off the practice field Tuesday morning, changed out of his sweaty Stanford football jersey and headed across campus for his most important meeting: a Spanish test.

Forgive the Cardinal quarterback if he's short on words — or mixing up his languages.

For the third straight season on The Farm, the year's biggest exams fall on the same week. Not only are the eighth-ranked Cardinal (11-2) finishing finals in the classroom, the Pac-12 champions are beginning preparations for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl against Big Ten winner Wisconsin (8-5).

"We're used to it by now," Hogan said. "We've been through this already."

After playing in the Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl the past two seasons, the experience still doesn't make the work any easier on or off the field at the rigorous academics university.


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