MADISON, Wis. If you caught former Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema in the right frame of mind, willing to look ahead beyond his usual "1-0" shtick, he would talk longingly about the Badgers' future. Occasionally, it seemed, it was as though he wanted to skip this season to reach the next one.
Without hesitation, he told anyone who would listen before the season that his 2013 team would be the best he'd ever coached during his tenure at Wisconsin.
A look at the returning talent up and down the roster reveals Bielema was on to something even if he didn't stick around long enough to see his prediction come to fruition.
Eight offensive starters and seven defensive starters will return to a team that reached its third consecutive Rose Bowl, creating plenty of optimism for new coach Gary Andersen's first season in charge. Wisconsin's punter and top two kickers also return and should prevent any drop-off in special teams.
Offensively, the Badgers certainly will miss the astounding ...