In a season full of moments none of us will soon forget, I don’t think you will get much argument that Senior Day vs. Wisconsin tops that long list. From the Michael Mauti tribute, to the come clutch plays, to Sam Ficken’s overtime winner, you could not have written a better script. To have all that happen against a Wisconsin team that has been one of the Big 10 powers in the last decade made it even better. Oh, and beating Bert was fun too.
2013’s encounter with Bucky will almost certainly fall short of the 2012 version, but most anything would. However, on a schedule with plenty of intrigue, the season ending contest in Madison provides plenty of intrigue.
Gone, of course, is Bielema, who bolted for Arkansas and the SEC over the off season. In, is former Utah State head man Gary Andersen. Also moving on is one of the best college running backs in recent memory, Montee Ball, who parlayed his outstanding collegiate career into a 2nd round NFL Draft selection to Denver. Gone too, is Danny O’Brien, one time hotshot transfer quarterback, who lost his starting role early in the 2012 season, and never regained it. At running back, James White figures to take over as the #1 option running the ball, but there are plenty of questions surrounding the quarterback spot. If we learned anything last year, it might be that whoever is under center when PSU visits Camp Randall, may very well not be who was there to start the season.
This also marks the end of PSU and Wisconsin’s brief season ending rivalry game, with the Big 10 divisions realigning in 2014. Even with new faces on the Wisconsin sideline, this still figures to be a great, physical, late winter game. It will also mark the halfway point of the Lions’ post season ban, and Bill O’Brien figures to have his squad ready to leave everything on the field once again. Sounds like a recipe for great football to me.
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