Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule in 2014
The Wisconsin Badgers are ready to build a huge season in 2014 as they
host some of the toughest opponents that the Big Ten Conference and NCAA ranks have to offer. The Badgers are always one of
the best teams in the nation, annually recruiting some of the top players from the high school senior class. The Badgers call
the Big Ten Conference home, a conference that never makes for an easy schedule. Last season the Badgers were able to post
a solid 9-4 overall record and played very well against Big Ten opponents, going 6-2 in conference games. The Badgers know
that they're going to have to play better in 2014 if they're going to capture the conference crown. In 2014 their record was
good enough to earn the second best record in the Leaders Division of the conference, but with Ohio State coming off a 12-2
season the Badgers know that they need to elevate their level of play. With some tough home matchups on the docket at Camp
Randall Stadium this season, and fans are sure to pack the house for all the biggest games. 2014 should be another thrilling
season in the history of Badgers football.
The Badgers have a big game coming their way this October when they host
the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Illini always have some tough players that are looking to make their mark on the NCAA, and
the Badgers know that they're going to have to play some great defense to get the job done against what could be an explosive
offense in 2014. Fans will need to pack the stands in order to cheer their hearts out and help urge the Badgers on to a big
win in this one.
The team will close out their home schedule this season when they host the Minnesota Golden Gophers
on November 29th. The Golden Gophers will bring some talented players to the table in this game, and the Badgers will have
to make some big plays to take down the Gophers. Winning the final home game of the season is always a treat for any team,
and it's a fantastic experience for the fans in attendance to see a win to close out the regular season.
Badgers Football Conference
The Big Ten Conference is full of Midwestern athletic powerhouses that have dominated NCAA
athletics for decades, and teams like the Wisconsin Badgers are constantly in the mix for conference championships. The Badgers
have been part of the Big Ten since the late 1800s, and the Wisconsin football team has taken home conference titles in 1896,
1897, 1901, 1906, 1912, 1952, 1959, 1962, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, and 2012. With the arrival of Maryland and Rutgers
into the Big Ten in 2014, the conference is ready for another big shake-up, giving the Badgers something to strive for as
they look to nail down yet another conference title in NCAA football. The Badgers are of course out for blood against big
rivals like the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Iowa Hawkeyes, and Big Ten action will be especially fierce this season as
the Badgers look to top the newly minted Big Ten teams as well as all the usual suspects on the football field.
Badgers Football Rivalries
There are several NCAA football rivalries between teams that see a traveling trophy cross
state lines back and forth year after year, and the Wisconsin Badgers have one of these -- known as Paul Bunyan's Axe -- with
the Minnesota Golden Gophers that has become the most-played rivalry in NCAA football. The eccentric Paul Bunyan's Axe is
a traveling trophy that goes home with the winning team after the UW-UM matchup every season, and the rivalry has been playing
out every year since 1907, making it one of the longest rivalries in college football history. The Badgers also have a deep-rooted
rivalry against the Iowa Hawkeyes, which isn't as popular in NCAA football but dates all the way back to 1894. The Wisconsin-Iowa
rivalry features the Heartland Trophy, which has been passed between the teams since 2004, although this Wisconsin rivalry
was tamed down with the Big Ten expansion, which separated the teams into different divisions. With things in the Big Ten
shifting in 2014, however, Wisconsin and Iowa will get to play each other every season again, which will undoubtedly spark
up the rivalry again.
Wisconsin Badgers Football History
The Wisconsin Badgers are part of the NCAA Division
I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), where they have competed in postseason action for decades. The Badgers have 24 bowl games
under their belt to date, including nine Rose Bowl appearances and five Bowl Championship Series (BCS) appearances. This incredible
feat has made the Badgers one of the most popular teams in college football, and holiday bowl games are constantly bringing
Badgers fans to stadiums across the country as the Badgers look to add more big bowl wins to their record. Wisconsin's most
recent string of bowl game appearances have been in the Rose Bowl in 2011, 2012, and 2013, where they have lost to the TCU
Horned Frogs, Oregon Ducks, and Stanford Cardinal, respectively. The Badgers played in the Champs Sports Bowl in 2008 and
2009, with their last bowl game win over the Miami Hurricanes in 2009 in the Champs Sports Bowl. Overall, the Badgers are
11-13 in bowl games, also having made appearances in bowls such as the Garden State Bowl, Independence Bowl, Hall of Fame
Classic Bowl, Copper Bowl, Outback Bowl, Sun Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Music City Bowl and Capital One Bowl.
Badgers Football Trivia
Who is the current head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers football team?
The answer is Gary