Wisconsin Falls To Oregon Again
On New Year’s Day out in Pasadena, it seemed to be Wisconsin’s game for the taking. Oregon’s offense led by top QB prospect Justin Herbet, could not get anything going against the Badgers top ranked defense. Ultimately though, Wisconsin fell to the Ducks 28-27. Costly turnovers were clearly the factor in the outcome of this year’s Rose Bowl. The Badgers are now 0-4 in the past decade. Bringing Paul Chryst’s Bowl Game record to 4-1.
After a long season of up and downs, from a CFP hopeful to a grit filled Big Ten Championship loss to Ohio State, it is time for the program to dust off the remains of what was the Rose Bowl and look forward to a promising future. That future though will come with some growing pains, as to no surprise, Jonathan Taylor announced online that he was declaring for the 2020 NFL Draft. For three incredible years, Wisconsin was fortunate to produce another star running back that will hold college records for years to come.
Wisconsin Got Their Groove Back
Additionally, WR Quintez Cephus also declared for the upcoming draft which leaves a hole in the wide receiver pool that the Badgers will have to focus on filling as spring practices begin. Two of the top play makers leaving Madison should not deflate fans for the 2020 season, hopes should be higher than ever. Thinking back to last year after a less than stellar 2018 season, many had their doubts on what the Badgers could accomplish the following season. It’s easy to say that the Badgers exceeded expectations. Finishing 10-4 does not seem glamorous, but winning the Big Ten West and Paul Bunyan’s Axe against Minnesota and playing in yet another Big ten Championship is fantastic in many viewer’s eyes.
Another Four Star Added
Even with two departures announced this week, a new comer has cleared the path of another running back stud coming to Wisconsin. At the US Army All-American game, four star running back Jalen Berger announced his commitment to the University of Wisconsin. As one Jersey boy leaves, another one takes his place, cementing the fact that Wisconsin is Running Back U. If Berger can be anything like Taylor or any of the great backs that came before him, then the next couple of years have all the potential.
Of course we cannot forget about what will also be changing once spring practices begin in Madison. With QB Jack Coan out of eligibility, it will now be time for one of the most anticipated Badgers to take helm behind center. Fans have been begging since Russell Wilson left for Wisconsin to have a quarterback that doesn’t make them feel as if they are holding the team back. With Mertz, the Badgers and their fans might get their wish granted. To look around college football and see Trevor Lawrence, Jake Burrow, and Jalen Hurts light up the nation, it is exhilarating to think Mertz might just be the next big thing.
The Future Is Bright
So as Badger fans get over their Rose Bowl hangover, they will slowly begin to realize that the best might be yet to come. A four star running back and a four star quarterback is not a bad way to kick off the new season. Their talent will be showcased, but they must earn the right to be compared to the Badger greats before them. It is not farfetched to believe that the Badgers one day can compete for a National Championship. It takes everything a team has to get to that spot, and maybe, just maybe Wisconsin’s time is coming. Sooner than most will think.