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For the fourth straight year, the Badgers went bowling on New Year's Day in 2013, and for the fourth straight year, Wisconsin lost.
Now the Badgers will face life without six of it's front seven on defense and its only true pass catching threats on offense.
That's right, no more Chris Borland, the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year in 2013, and no more Jared Abbrederis at wide receiver. Also gone will be defensive linemen Pat Muldoon, Ethan Hemer, Beau Allen and tight end Jacob Pedersen.
No doubt, replacing that many players on the defensive side of the ball will be a challenge, but it appears with the likes of Warren Herring, Vince Beigel, Leon Jacobs and Joe Schobert, there is plenty to like heading into 2014.
It just may be a different and more appropriate looking 3-4 scheme that's ahead for the Badgers.
While the defense will need to adjust, the Badgers offense will have one of the nation's top running backs to lean on in Melvin Gordon, who finished 2013 with 1,609 yards and 12 touchdowns, while averaging a crazy 7.8 yards a carry.
That was with James White splitting carries and in 2014 Gordon should see more carries and thus more yards.
The Badgers do have to find more at quarterback, and an open battle between three or four guys will tell us a lot about where Wisconsin is heading. If they go away from Joel Stave, look for Wisconsin to try and be even more explosive on that side of the ball.
Wisconsin's season hinges on four games, because the rest of its Big Ten slate and non-conference schedule is simply laughable for a team at the level that UW is at.
Those four games are the season opener against LSU at Reliant Stadium in Houston and then a season-ending stretch against Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota.
Wisconsin gets the lead position almost by default because of its talent and the fact that Nebraska needs to fill some major missing pieces along the offensive line and defensive secondary, as well as figuring out its quarterback position.
This will be a close battle and the Nov. 15th game between the two could be the deciding factor in the West Division race.
*Andy Coppens is Bleacher Report's lead writer for the Big Ten. You can follow him on Twitter: @ andycoppens.