Wisconsin's Top 5 Wins of the Past Decade
Since 2004, Wisconsin boasts a 96-35 (.733) record, which includes going 54-26 (.675) in Big Ten play. During this span, the Badgers have also won three Big Ten titles and made a trio of Rose Bowl appearances. In addition, they have made a bowl every year during this span; in fact, they haven’t missed out on the postseason since going 5-7 in 2001.
Considering all the success the program has had over the past decade, it should come as no surprise that Wisconsin has had its fair share of memorable victories since 2004.
Choosing the top five wins of the past decade of Badgers football was no easy task, because there were plenty to choose from. But after much consideration and a great deal of indecision, here are my picks for the biggest, best, and most memorable victories (plus a few honorable mentions) for Wisconsin Badgers football over the past decade.
2004, Week 7: No. 15 Wisconsin-24, No. 18 Ohio State-13
Wisconsin took the field in Columbus to face an Ohio State team that had won 18 straight games at home. But the Badgers weren’t intimidated, jumping out to a 10-0 lead on their way to 24-13 triumph thanks to their stifiling defense. The victory gave Wisconsin its third consecutive win at The Horseshoe.
2004, Week 8: No. 10 Wisconsin-20, No. 5 Purdue-17
One week after their huge win against Ohio State, the Badgers traveled to West Lafayette for a top-10 showdown with the Boilermakers. With Wisconsin trailing by three late in the fourth quarter, the defense forced Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton to fumble and cornerback Scott Starks would take it 40 yards for what would ultimately be the game-winning touchdown.
2006 Capital One Bowl: No. 21 Wisconsin-24, No. 7 Auburn-7
In the final game of the career of legendary coach Barry Alvarez, the No. 21 Wisconsin Badgers were heavy underdogs against Tommy Tuberville’s seventh-ranked Auburn Tigers. But that didn’t matter to the Badgers, who outgained Auburn 548-236 on offense behind solid performances by quarterback John Stocco and running back Brian Calhoun to capture a decisive 24-10 victory. It was only fitting that the man who resurrected Wisconsin football was sent out with one last win.