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Why Wisconsin Football is the Most Underrated Program in the Country

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Wisconsin Football running back Braelon Allen
Oct 22, 2022; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen (0) following the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Wisconsin football has earned a reputation for being one of the most consistently successful sports programs, dating back to the arrival of living legend Barry Alvarez.

One of the most impressive achievements of the Badgers is their record for active consecutive winning seasons among Power 5 teams, which currently stands at 21 as of the end of the 2022 season. This remarkable feat is a testament to the team’s identity, hard work, and attention to detail.

Perhaps more impressive than the consistency are some of the notable teams behind them: Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.

When Wisconsin Football Hit its Stride 

The streak began in 2003 when Wisconsin football went 7-6 under head coach Barry Alvarez and has survived because of an impressive line of coaches that came after him, such as Bret Bielema, Gary Anderson, and Paul Chryst, plus the Badgers winning ways are likely to continue under Luke Fickell.

Another key to the Wisconsin football program’s success has been its commitment to a strong running game, dominant offensive lines, and a tough, physical defense. The Badgers have consistently been one of the country’s top rushing teams, thanks largely to a string of talented running backs like Ron Dayne, Melvin Gordon, Montee Ball, James White, and Jonathan Taylor.

Finally, the Badgers have benefited from a strong culture of teamwork, discipline, and hard work. Wisconsin has a reputation for being blue-collar and hard-nosed, with players willing to work to achieve their goals. They have also developed a strong sense of camaraderie and brotherhood, with players dedicated to each other and the team’s success above all else.


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Trevor Lovec is a freelance sports writer, BadgerNotes.com correspondent, and a diehard Northern Iowa fan. He covers Wisconsin football & basketball, plus a little Badgers recruiting for Badgernotes.com.

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