In the final three weeks of the 2010 regular season, Wisconsin outscored Indiana, Michigan and Northwestern by a combined score of 201-71. Two hundred one. The 83 points that Paul Chryst's offense put up vs. Indiana was more than the Badger basketball team could manage in all but three of their 34 contests.
At times—and by "times" I mean, basically, the full month of November—there appeared not to be a more dominant team in all of college football. And, yes, that includes the University of Nike and Cam Newton's traveling circus.
Then came the Rose Bowl.
TCU's defense poured water over the Badger offensive pyrotechnics, and—in one of the better played bowl games of the season—handed Wisconsin their first loss in three months. It was a sour ending to an otherwise brilliant season.
In the after math, Brett Bielema and Co. lost a total of 13 starters, including quarterback Scott Tolzien, All-American tackle Gabe Carimi and All-Big Ten defensive end J.J. Watt.
Still, with the Ohio State University in shambles, Wisconsin faces less resistance than in any other season in recent memory. The question is, will they have enough coming back to seize the opportunity?