The Wisconsin Badgers should enter this season feeling pretty good about themselves. The Badgers are coming off two straight Big Ten conference championships, start the season off as the 12th-best team in the land (according to the AP poll), and will compete in a neutered conference due to the sanctions imposed on Ohio State and Penn State.
It would not be unreasonable to label Wisconsin the best team in the Big Ten or to classify them as a dark horse BCS Championship contender. With the rise of Michigan State, the reemergence of Michigan and the player, as well as the personnel turnover, in Madison it would also not be shocking to see the Badgers knocked off their pedestal.
As Wisconsin enters a season that could just as easily end with them reaching the apex of college football as it could with heartache and despair, here are 10 important story lines to watch throughout their 2012 campaign.