For the last three years, the Badgers have had the ultimate New Year's Day experience -- playing in the Rose Bowl. But each time, Wisconsin fell short of the win.
For all the success the Wisconsin senior class has had including three straight Big Ten championships, this group has never won a bowl game. They're determined to change that with a win in the Capital One Bowl.
"I think that those games made, this senior class especially, more prepared for this moment," Wisconsin senior defensive end Ethan Hemer said. "This is our team and its falling on our shoulders to make a huge impact in this game. I feel the same way I did in the other ones, I feel like this result is going to be a good one."
Playing in a bowl definitely has its benefits. The young players in the Wisconsin program get extra practice time, the program gets extra exposure, especially in a talent-rich area like Florida. Right now, there are nine Florida natives on the Badgers roster and Gary Andersen would like to see that number grow.
"Just look at our history, the guys we've put out," Wisconsin senior safety Dezmen Southward. "If they gety a chance to get up to the campus, obviously look at our coaching staff, they're a great group of people."
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