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Wisconsin Football Has a B1G Opportunity This Season

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Wisconsin football; Badgers quarterback Tanner Mordecai runs for a touchdown vs. Purdue
Sep 22, 2023; West Lafayette, Indiana, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) runs for a touchdown during the first half at Ross-Ade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Fickell and the Wisconsin Badgers Football team have a golden opportunity to capitalize on a weak Big Ten West division.

The prospect of a successful Badgers season looms as the Wisconsin football team enters its bye week with a commendable 3-1 overall record and a perfect 1-0 start in Big Ten play.

This year, in particular, presents a golden opportunity for Luke Fickell and the Badgers to rise to the top of the Big Ten West division. Although it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, Wisconsin is talented and has shown some promise in the season’s early stages.

With minor improvements and a strategic approach, Wisconsin football already finds itself in the driver’s seat as the favorite to win the Big Ten West division in the final year before conference expansion.

Wisconsin Football is the Beneficiary of a Weak B1G West Division 

The Badgers have demonstrated their potential through four games but still need to put it all together and play a complete 60 minutes before I’m willing to completely buy-in. That said, Wisconsin football has the talent, coaching staff, and determination required to be the top team in the West. 

The path to Indianapolis, the host city of the Big Ten Championship, is clearer than it has been in recent years.

What makes this opportunity even more enticing is the current landscape of the Big Ten. While the East division boasts formidable opponents like Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State, the West division is in a significant down year. 

This means the Wisconsin Badgers could navigate their way into the B1G championship game, hopefully playing their best ball of the season, ready to take on one of the giants from the East.

For Wisconsin football fans, this season brings a sense of optimism and excitement. The possibility of a Big Ten Championship appearance after a three-season hiatus is a thrilling prospect. 

Final Thoughts

As the Badgers use the bye week to fine-tune their game and address areas that need improvement, I thought it was worth acknowledging that they have a genuine shot at waltzing to the Big Ten West title since we know Minnesota and Nebraska aren’t good, and the Iowa Hawkeyes have the worst offense known to man. 

The Wisconsin football team’s journey through the remainder of the season promises to be a captivating one, full of highs and lows. Let us also remember that the Badgers are a highly flawed team — and if divisions didn’t exist, this isn’t a conversation we’d be having. 

With their sights set on Indianapolis, the Badgers are ready to take on whatever challenges lie ahead and make their presence felt on the grand stage of the Big Ten Championship before the conference expands in 2024 and making an appearance becomes considerably more difficult. 



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Trevor Lovec is a freelance sports writer, BadgerNotes.com correspondent, and a diehard Northern Iowa fan. He covers trending Wisconsin football and basketball social media topics.

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