LOS ANGELES You could say Wisconsin's football team has been here before, amid sunshine and Hollywood stars, and you wouldn't be wrong. This is, after all, the third straight season in which the Badgers have played in the Rose Bowl.
You could also say Wisconsin's football team has never been here before, and you wouldn't be wrong. This is, after all, the first season of those three in which the Badgers have played for the most iconic coach in program history.
There are similarities to be found for sure. On game day, Wisconsin's style of play will look much the same as it always has. But what it took for the Badgers to reach that point won't be the same. And the biggest difference comes straight from the top, in the way interim coach Barry Alvarez has guided the team since taking over for former coach Bret Bielema.
To begin with, Alvarez garnered a level of respect from players and instant credibility despite all the turmoil swirling around the team. That has made following his m...