Now that the Russell Wilson tidal wave has washed over us here in Badgerland, it's time to take a close look at how far the Bret Bielema era has really come.
Madison isn't used to the terms "national championship," "Heisman Trophy," "Big Ten favorite" and "athletically gifted quarterback" being thrown around the dairy farms.
Sure, Russell Wilson may be the missing piece, but it took more than an Asheville Tourist turned Madison resident to get us to this point. Wilson may be the man to take the Badgers from the farmland to the promised land, but his transfer to Wisconsin is not the most important off-the-field decision to occur in the Bielemic Era.
To be clear, we're not highlighting the flops or poor decisions that have gone on under Bielema's windbreaker—there have been many "break wind" embarrassing moments too.
These are the ten best off-the-field decisions executed by Wisconsin's Bret Bielema, entering his sixth season as head coach, to get us to this point.