The Wisconsin Badgers’ football team has been rewarded on its 10-win season with a berth in the 106th edition of the Rose Bowl. The Badgers finished the regular season with four straight wins, with three of those wins coming in trophy games. After a win against Nebraska, the Badgers traveled back to Madison to host the Purdue Boilermakers. Wisconsin would open with a huge first quarter, taking a two-possession lead, however, the Boilermakers came back to take a 17 to 14 in the second quarter. As the first half came to a close, Wisconsin Kicker Zach Hintze, who normally handles kickoffs, not field goals, kicked a 62-yard field goal to end the half, the longest field goal ever in the history of Wisconsin Football. Badgers Running Back Jonathan Taylor capped off potentially his final game at Camp Randall with another 200-yard game, running for 222 yards on 28 carries. In the regular-season finale, the Badgers took on the Minnesota Gophers on a snowy day in Minneapolis. The Badgers headed to Minneapolis with the goal of trying to bring back Paul Bunyan’s Axe to Madison, Aside from the first few possessions of the game, Wisconsin controlled the game from start to finish. Badgers’ Quarterback Jack Coan threw for 280 yards and star receiver Quintez Cephus had 5 receptions for 114 yards, propelling Wisconsin to a 38-17 victory, and bringing the axe back to Madison. Wisconsin’s victory over Minnesota awarded the Badgers the Big Ten West Divisional title and the chance to play for a Big 10 championship against Ohio State in Indianapolis. To the surprise of many, the Badgers controlled the first half and took a 21 to 7 lead going into the first half. However, the Buckeyes came out of the half and completely dominated the Badgers, outscoring Wisconsin 34-0 to win the Big Ten title and cap off a perfect season. The Badgers’ loss in the title game diminished any hopes of playing in the College Football Playoff, however, their consolation prize is a chance to play in arguably the most prestigious bowl game: the Rose Bowl. This will be the Badgers’ first trip to the Granddaddy of them all since 2013, when they lost to Stanford.
By Tanay Desai