Wisconsin had lost to Michigan by a combined 176-0 in the previous four meetings, but the Badgers shocked the top-ranked Wolverines 21-14 in the 1981 season-opener. Led by Anthony Carter and Butch Woolfork, Michigan carried a nine-game winning streak into the new season, but Jess Cole threw for two touchdowns and Wisconsin limited Carter to just one catch as the Badgers pulled off the upset.
With a 31-yard scamper against Iowa, Ron Dayne became college football's all-time leading rusher, eclipsing the mark set by Texas running back Ricky Williams in 1998. Dayne's run came during a 41-3 rout of Iowa that clinched Wisconsin's second straight trip to the Rose Bowl. Dayne, who still holds the record, went on to win the Heisman Trophy, then ran for 200 yards in a 17-9 Rose Bowl win over Stanford.
Wisconsin jumped all over No. 1 Ohio State and recorded an impressive 31-18 victory before a delirious Saturday night crowd at Camp Randall Stadium. John Clay ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns and David Gilreath ran the opening kickoff back 97 yards for a score. Wisconsin's lead dropped from 21-0 to 21-18, but the Badgers bullied their way to the game's final 10 points before a sea of red-clad fans stormed the field.
An underdog Wisconsin team, called 'the worst team to ever play in the Rose Bowl' by CBS analyst Craig James, outscored high-scoring UCLA 38-31 thanks to a remarkable day from running back Ron Dayne. The burly back scored four touchdowns and ran for 246 yards and Jamar Fletcher returned an interception 46 yards for a touchdown to give Wisconsin an 11-1 record and No. 6 final ranking.
Wisconsin capped its first winning season since 1984 with its first Rose Bowl win. The Badgers beat UCLA 21-16 thanks to Brent Moss' 158 yards and two touchdowns and quarterback Darrell Bevell's unlikely 21-yard scramble for a touchdown. Coach Barry Alvarez completed his turnaround from 1-10 in his first year to Rose Bowl champions in his fourth.
Who are the greatest college running backs of the BCS era?
Greatness is defined in so many different ways. Statistical production, individual awards, team success, longevity, supporting cast, level of competition, raw talent and athletic ability all factor heavily in determining overall greatness. Sometimes, you simply know greatness when you see it.
So all factors were considered when trying to determine who the greatest running backs of the BCS era have been. Here are the Top 50 ball carriers since the BCS was implemented in 1998:
Who are the best sleepers NFL teams should be targeting after Round 1?
The first round of the NFL Draft monopolizes coverage in the media and fan’s minds alike. While the first 32 picks are important and generally feature the most elite talents, the best organizations in football are competitive year after year because of quality middle round work.
Who are the greatest college quarterbacks of the BCS era?
Greatness is defined in so many different ways. Statistical production, individual awards, team success, longevity, supporting cast, raw talent and athletic ability all factor heavily in determining overall greatness. Sometimes, you simply know greatness when you see it.
So all factors were considered when trying to determine who the greatest quarterbacks of the BCS era have been. Here are the Top 50 signal callers since the BCS was implemented in 1998:
* - active, ** - not all seasons played in BCS era
The Badgers are in for a big year of transition in 2013.
This offseason marked the first time since the 1980s that Wisconsin had to go through a true coaching search. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez took his time and settled on a respected football mind in Gary Andersen. The former Utah State coach has stated he won't change the schemes too much in Madison, but this spring will be important as he looks to put his stamp on the program.
Ohio State should be one of the frontrunners to win the national title in 2013.
With two of its best teams ineligible for a bowl game, 2012 was mostly a year to forget for the Big Ten. Despite having nothing to play for, Ohio State ran the table and finished with a perfect 12-0 record.