MADISON, Wis. - Maybe the stage was simply too big for the Wisconsin Badgers football program to stand on last season.
Perhaps playing in the Rose Bowl for the first time in 11 years, against a gritty, undefeated TCU team with a point to prove to a nation, was a task too enormous for a group of guys content with soaking up a sun-splashed January day in cheery Pasadena, Calif.
Badgers players freely admit now they were more concerned with the glitz of Hollywood and less with the blitz of the Horned Frogs.
"Some guys had never left the state of Wisconsin, let alone going out to L.A. and a beautiful venue like that," Badgers safety Aaron Henry said. "We were staying in Beverly Hills, walking among the stars literally. It can be very wide-eyed to a lot of people. I think a lot of guys were overwhelmed, speaking for myself included."
Henry and his teammates believe they possess the maturity one season later to correct those mistakes as they prepare for a return trip to Pasadena. This...