It's hard to believe that Wisconsin football went 8-6 a season ago and still managed to win its conference, but that's exactly what the Badgers did thanks to some postseason bans and a 70-point explosion in the Big Ten Championship Game.
Using conventional wisdom, Wisconsin isn't going to be so fortunate in 2013. It will have to win more than seven regular-season games if it wants to return to the Rose Bowl for the fourth consecutive season, especially with Ohio State back in the picture.
Following the 2013 season, two more teams—Maryland and Rutgers—will join the Big Ten, and divisions will be realigned. But until then, the Badgers have their sights set on another conference crown. Here are five things that stand in their way.