2. Wisconsin … win one of these things again
It’s sort of hard to argue with the success of a program that’s been to three Big Ten Championship games in the last four years and won five straight bowl games before this, but …
Win something big again, Wisconsin.
It’s able to win just about everything else but the really, really big games that take programs to another level.
It hasn’t been to a College Football Playoff – UW and Penn State are in the Best Program Over The Last Six Years That Hasn’t Been To A CFP discussion – and it can’t win the Rose Bowl.
Oh sure, beating Miami in the 2017 Orange was great, and taking down Western Michigan in the Cotton at the end of the 2016 season got the program some New Year’s Six love, but that’s not winning the Rose Bowl.
With this 28-27 loss to Oregon, Wisconsin has lost its last four trips to Pasadena, each by a touchdown or less. Of course it’s great to get there, but New Year’s Day 2000 – when Ron Dayne was leading the way – was the last Rose Bowl win.
The Badgers couldn’t beat Ohio State in this year’s Big Ten Championship, couldn’t do it with a spot in the CFP was on the line in the 2017 title game, and lost to Penn State in the 2016 version. Throw in the 59-0 loss to Ohio State in the 2014 Big Ten Championship, and 2013 seems a long time ago when the team last won one.
Five double-digit win seasons in the last six, 52 wins in five years under Paul Chryst, and yeah, getting to the Big Ten Championship and Rose Bowl is wonderful.
Bust through that ceiling again, Badgers, like …