So how do you top the kind of season Wisconsin had in 2011? Simple. Win the Rose Bowl.
Wisconsin enters the spring having come off another Rose Bowl defeat, their second in a row, and with the postseason ban being served by Ohio State, new coaches at Illinois and Penn State and the likes of Indiana and Purdue mostly an afterthought in the Big Ten’s Leaders Division, why wouldn’t Wisconsin be expected to return to the Big Ten Championship Game in 2012?
The Badgers find themselves in somewhat familiar territory. At this time last year the team was coming off a Rose Bowl loss to TCU and looking for someone who could manage the offense at quarterback. Veteran starter Scott Tolzien had moved on and Brett Bielema scrambled to find a quarterback who could replace him. It turned out that nobody currently on the roster seemed equipped to lead a team that seemed pretty solid everywhere else.