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2011 Record: 11-3
Wisconsin has won two Big Ten championships in a row, represented the Big Ten in two consecutive Rose Bowls and has had back-to-back-to-back double-digit win seasons for the first time in the program's history.
All of those streaks end this season.
To begin with, the Big Ten's top scoring offense only returns five players, while the fourth-best scoring defense returns six.
As for the offense, one of the returning players is Heisman finalist Montee Ball, but next season he will have much tougher sledding than he had in 2010 or 2011.
Firstly, opposing teams will load up the box against him because the Badgers will be breaking in a new, inexperienced quarterback. Secondly, the Badgers lose three offensive linemen, one an All-American and the other two were all-conference.
Yes, the Badgers tend to reload on the line, but they don't reload that easily. This is especially true given that, unlike last season, there are no experienced players ready to step in to starting roles.
Nonetheless, the bigger issue is a semi-overhaul of the coaching staff.
The Badgers lost six position coaches this offseason, including quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, who has taken the head coaching position at Pitt. Chryst was arguably the best OC in the Big Ten, and his departure could take the legs out from beneath head coach Bret Bielema's program.
It will say a great deal for Bielema if he gets through this season with even nine wins, but I'm not counting on it.