Posted by: Matt Lothrop
The Wisconsin Badgers will try to make it four straight Rose Bowl appearances despite having a first–year coach in Gary Andersen.
Anderson spent the past four seasons as Utah State's head coach leading the Aggies to a school record 11 wins in 2012. He replaces Bret Bielema who bolted for Arkansas after the Big Ten Championship game.
Anderson is a defensive minded coach and has a history of turning out top units on that side of the ball. As for his new challenge at Wisconsin, he believes the connection he's made with the team will keep from a dip in living up to expectations.
The Badgers went 8–6 last year with a 4–4 mark Big Ten play but did claim the league's BCS birth by topping Nebraska in the Big Ten title game.
Wisconsin returns 14 starters, eight on offense and six on defense. One of those six on defense is linebacker Chris Borland who is not only a preseason All–American, but on preseason watch lists of five major awards.
Nebraska and Wisconsin would only meet in the Big Ten Championship game. For the Badgers to get there, they must get through Ohio State in the Shoe on September 28.