MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- No, Wisconsin didn't figure prominently in the Big Ten title race this year.
But after Tuesday night's victory over Miami in the Champs Sports Bowl, the Badgers head into the offseason filled with confidence about their chances for next season.
Defensive back Jay Valai said the season-ending victory will give the Badgers plenty of momentum. He says the win "isn't just a springboard, it's like going off a diving board for next season."
With quarterback Scott Tolzien, running back John Clay and a wide range of talented young players returning, much will be expected of the Badgers in 2010. But Tolzien has seen the Badgers struggle under the weight of high expectations before, and knows nothing is guaranteed.
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