The college football season came to a thrilling conclusion courtesy of the final BCS National Championship Game, but for Wisconsin football, a bitter taste lingers.
Not only did the Badgers trip up in their final home game, eliminating any chance of reaching a BCS bowl, but they also failed to cap off the season with a victory, falling to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl. While it was head coach Gary Andersen's first year at the helm, a season that held so much promise ended acrimoniously.
But the great thing about sports is you get to come back and do it again with a chance to wipe the slate clean. For Wisconsin, there are plenty of reasons for optimism heading into 2014, including the return of Melvin Gordon, an opening test against LSU and a relatively manageable schedule.
Before we get to that Aug. 30 showdown at Reliant Stadium, the Badgers need to address areas of need and find solutions. Here are the four biggest concerns for Andersen and his staff heading into the offseason.