After three straight Rose Bowl appearances, the Wisconsin football team came back down to earth last season. While 9-4 is nothing to shake a stick at, the home loss against Penn State coupled with the debacle in the desert and an implosion in the bowl game gave Badger fans cause for pause.
Returning just 10 total starters from last year's team, including just three on the defensive side of the ball, while facing uncertainty at the quarterback and wide receiver position, the Badgers should still find themselves the favorites in most games thanks to a favorable schedule in the Big Ten.
After a season-opening tilt against LSU in Houston, the rest of the Badgers' nonconference schedule shouldn't trouble them too much as they continue to work out the kinks of their passing game while giving their relatively inexperienced front seven some much-needed playing time.
Once the Badgers get into the meat of their Big Ten schedule, save for a game at Northwestern, it takes until mid-November for things to really get more difficult, as the final trio of games against Nebraska, at Iowa and a season-ending matchup for Paul Bunyan's Axe against Minnesota will determine whether or not the Badgers can get back to Indianapolis for the Big Ten Championship Game.
Without further ado, here are the Badgers' opponents, ranked from worst to first.