INDIANAPOLIS — Wisconsin entered its matchup with Ohio State Saturday night hoping to emerge victorious and in the process punch its ticket to the College Football Playoff.
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'The train doesn't stop here': How Wisconsin keeps its second straight Big Ten Championship loss in perspective
INDIANAPOLIS — As the confetti floated down from the rafters of Lucas Oil Stadium, the Wisconsin Badgers were left reliving the nightmare they faced 12 months earlier.
Indianapolis — Wisconsin freshman running back Jonathan Taylor’s longest run in the Big Ten Championship was a measly seven yards. It occurred on UW’s (9-1 Big Ten, 12-1 overall) first offensive play of the second half and the Badgers’ freshman phenom would pick up only 10 more yards for the entirety of the game.
INDIANAPOLIS — One year after falling to Penn State in the Big Ten Championship, Wisconsin (9-1 Big Ten, 12-1 overall) arrived in Indianapolis looking to not only win the Big Ten, but also punch a ticket to the College Football Playoff.
While the Badgers (9-0 Big Ten, 12-0 overall) moved into the No. 4 spot of the College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday night, there are still differing feelings regarding the team at both the local and national level.
The recent history of Wisconsin sports can be easily summed up in a few numbers. Simply uttering the phrases “408” or “38-1” is enough to elicit visceral responses from Badgers fans anywhere. Yet there is one numerical phrase equally seared into the memory of (as ESPN announcer Rod Gilmore repeatedly calls them) Bucky Badger fans. The ignominy of it still reverberates through the annals: 59-0.
Minneapolis — The No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (9-0 Big Ten, 12-0 overall) don’t have a secret recipe for an undefeated season. But they’re still happy to tell you how to do it.
Minneapolis — Wisconsin freshman running back Jonathan Taylor took the first carry of the game up the middle, untouched for the first nine yards of a 13-yard run. It was a sign of what was to come for UW as it was pretty much over from there for the Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-7 Big Ten, 5-7 overall) in a 31-0 blowout.
Wisconsin's defense pitched a shutout in its 31-0 win over Minnesota.
Sophomore running back Garrett Groshek is one of the many Wisconsin players that has bought into the program's "gritty" reputation.
My middle school soccer team was good. Like, really good.
With 4:41 remaining in the third quarter, and the Badgers (8-0 Big Ten, 11-0 overall) staring at yet another three-and-out, sophomore wideout A.J. Taylor made perhaps the biggest play of his young Wisconsin career, wriggling loose of his man for a 51-yard catch.
In a back-and-forth, sometimes brutal Big Ten battle against the No. 24 Michigan Wolverines (5-3 Big Ten, 8-3 overall), the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers (8-0, 11-0) needed their quarterback to step up and be the difference-maker.
1. Baker Mayfield, RS Senior QB- Oklahoma
The vast majority of the Wisconsin-Michigan rivalry has been all Wolverines (they hold a 50-14-1 all-time edge). Legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler used to wallop the Badgers year-in and year-out, going 18-1 against UW in his career.
The last three meetings between the Wisconsin Badgers and the Iowa Hawkeyes have been absolute wars. Many expected this year’s matchup to be no different, as the Hawkeyes came off an impressive performance against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Still, Wisconsin ultimately won and improved to 10-0, the best start in program history, primarily resulting from superb defensive play.
Now in the fourth year of his Wisconsin career, senior safety Natrell Jamerson has acclimated to his Midwest surroundings after entering the program from the balmy climate of Florida.