1. That’s the Wisconsin we were waiting for
The BYU loss at home was inexcusable.
Not getting off the bus for the Northwestern game wasn’t okay, and getting totally outplayed and outclassed by Minnesota doesn’t work.
But despite the clunker of a 7-5 season – this team had the talent and experience to be deep in the College Football Playoff chase – everything ended on a high note.
This was how the Badgers were supposed to be.
Maybe not the passing game – Jack Coan’s job was to simply not screw up. Maybe not the kicking game – with Rafael Gaglianone missing two field goals. But the defense allowed just 169 yards of Miami offense, forced five takeaways, and the crushed the Canes’ spirit early on.
The offense held on to the ball for almost 40 minutes, the team committed one penalty, and after one drive, this turned into a light scrimmage.
It was the fifth bowl win in a row under head coach Paul Chryst. This was Wisconsin as it was supposed to be.
This was Wisconsin as it needs to be in 2019.