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Senior linebacker T.J. Edwards will be looking to stop Nebraska's dual threat quarterback Adrian Martinez

One final test: UW takes on Miami in the Orange Bowl

When the Badgers (9-1 Big Ten, 12-1 overall) face off against the Miami Hurricanes (7-2 ACC, 10-2 overall) on January 30 in the Orange Bowl, it will be the 16th straight season that Wisconsin has played in a postseason game. Various players along the way have made their way to the pros, and the coaching carousel of college football has hit Wisconsin just like other major programs. But even with the program’s familiarity to bowl games, it’d be remiss to ignore the uniqueness of this season to the Badgers. In 2017, Wisconsin recorded its first-ever undefeated regular season, a major milestone for a program that has long been known as a stable one rather than a national powerhouse. That spotless record, which would later be tarnished by a 27-21 loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship, was produced on the backs of a truly exceptional defense. Led by the stellar inside play of senior Leon Jacobs, junior T.J.

The last time Wisconsin made it to the Big Ten Championship game, they were crushed by Ohio State, but they hope it will be different this time around.

After Big Ten Championship loss, Wisconsin set to play Miami in Orange Bowl

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. Instead, after falling 27-21 to the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship, the Badgers are set to face off against XX in XX Bowl on XX Date in XX place. UW (9-1 Big Ten, 12-1 overall) will be tasked with recovering quickly from a gut-wrenching defeat to OSU.

Wisconsin’s defense struggled at times in its 27-21 defeat to Ohio State.

Wisconsin's playoff hopes end with 27-21 loss to Ohio State

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. For 12 weeks, the Badgers leaned on its defense to wreak havoc on opposing teams and extend their undefeated season.

After a 31-0 win over Minnesota, Wisconsin hopes to replicate its success against Ohio State.

Badgers blocking out exterior noise as they prepare for battle with Ohio State

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 levels. There’s the committee who begrudgingly moved the undefeated team up at last, and the analysts who are certain of the Badgers’ place in the playoff with a victory versus Ohio State (8-1, 10-2) in the Big Ten Championship Game. The collective feeling possessed by UW’s, however, is none too concerned with the various playoff permutations being touted or the efforts to nitpick Wisconsin’s favorable schedule. The Badgers are just excited to be back in Indianapolis.

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