Inconsistent play plagued the Badgers throughout the remainder of the season, oftentimes looking like two completely different teams from one half to the next. Wisconsin took care of business with wins against Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue and Indiana, but suffered close losses to Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State. The Badgers were in position to win all three of those games, but could not make plays when needed.
Despite finishing third in their division and sixth overall in conference play, Wisconsin was able to make its second consecutive Big Ten Championship appearance thanks to postseason bans for Ohio State and Penn State. Wisconsin's offense finally came alive, as they got revenge on Nebraska with an eye-popping 70-31 victory to clinch a spot in the Rose Bowl.
Then something occurred that no one could have seen coming - Bret Bielema suddenly resigned to accept the Arkansas job, a move that will likely cause grief for the Razorbacks fanbase, but great hilarity for the rest of the nation. Barry Alvarez stepped in to guide the Badgers in the Rose Bowl. Despite a valiant effort, Stanford was just too tough in the trenches and handed the Badgers a 20-14 loss.
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