Gary Andersen talks bout Wisconsin's motivation for bowl game
If so, Wisconsin has achieved it. The Badgers (9-3, 6-2) had a rough start to the 2013 season, losing a controversial game to Arizona State and fell to Ohio State by seven, but ended by winning six of seven for a shot at South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl.
“I think when we first got here six, seven days ago, the motivation for me and for the team hopefully was to embrace the moment that you're in,” coach Gary Andersen said during Tuesday’s press conference. “Every kid on the football team in life is going to change, some drastically. Some never play this game again. But none of us will be together again.”
Wisconsin was on the verge of becoming eligible for a BCS bowl, but was upset by Penn State 31-24 during a shocking home finale. Playing South Carolina—the No. 9 team in the nation—isn’t a bad consolation, but you have to wonder just how let down the players are after being so close to a possible Sugar or Fiesta Bowl appearance.
Andersen doesn’t think that’ll be an issue.
“If you can't get motivated to play for three hours and in this setting, number one, national television, the care factor for Wisconsin fan base, all the things that you have in a bowl game but then just to get into the moment and understand that you're going to be with that group of people for three hours and five minutes, six minutes, whatever it takes, I don't believe you're a true competitor,” he said. “Our kids have practiced well, it's important to them. They're excited about that moment and they'll be together for one more time and that's all the motivation they should need, in my opinion, and I think that's the way they feel.
“Walking out with a trophy, that's pretty good motivation. It's a one-game championship.”
Wisconsin hasn’t faced an SEC opponent since 2007, when it lost to Tennessee 21-17 in the Outback Bowl in 2007. Andersen is 0-2 against the conference all-time.
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