INDIANAPOLIS For weeks, the running narrative surrounding Wisconsin's football program was it had no business being here in the first place. "First place," of course, being the operative words that taunted Badgers players in preparation for their Big Ten championship game appearance.
No one will argue Wisconsin entered Saturday's title game about as far from first as any team playing for a conference title in college football history four games behind undefeated Ohio State and two behind Penn State. Only a confluence of bizarre circumstances banning both schools from postseason play allowed Wisconsin to back its way into the championship game as a perfectly mediocre third-place Big Ten team with losses to both the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions.
Whether the Badgers truly deserved to be in Indianapolis can be debated for years. What can't be debated is the remarkable performance Wisconsin put together when given its opportunity.
Wisconsin annihilated Nebraska, 70-31, to capture the ...