It still hasn't sunk in quite yet. The thrashing Wisconsin put on Nebraska this weekend was one of the most surprising and satisfying sports games I've ever witnessed.
I had the awesome opportunity to call the game on the Wisconsin student radio station, and there were numerous times where those of us on the call were lost for words.
Prior to the game, some reporters brought up the revenge factor for Wisconsin, after wanting to avenge a 27-30 loss in Lincoln earlier in the season. But with talking to players in the locker room following the game, this wasn't a revenge or redemption game against Nebraska, but one for the entire season. The adversity UW had faced this season has been well-noted, and it was as if the Badgers took all their aggressions out on this single game.
The excitement following the win has created a buzz on campus. You couldn't wipe the wide grins off some of the students faces if you tried, as UW fans are again excited about their Badgers. The 70-31 stomping of Nebraska not only proved Wisconsin was the far superior team, but created plenty of momentum and excitement for the team and fan base heading into the Rose Bowl.
The Badgers will face the Stanford Cardinal, who are also riding high after an impressive finish to its regular season.
It's just unfathomable to see the Badgers in their third straight Rose Bowl, and that this year's 8-5 UW squad has the opportunity to avenge this season, as well as Wisconsin's two previous Rose Bowl losses.
So as I sit here three days after the Big Ten Championship game, the weekend at Indianapolis still feels surreal. Each time I see "70" next to UW in the box score, I still feel like saying: pinch me, I'm dreaming.
Few envisioned a Wisconsin-Stanford Rose Bowl coming to fruition.
The critics saying the Badgers don't deserve to be in the Rose Bowl or that Stanford deserves better, are just adding more fuel to the fire for Bret Bielema.
In a quickly-changing college football landscape, we're given the opportunity to watch a Rose Bowl classic between two traditional schools.
Jeff Potrykus takes an early look forward to the Stanford Cardinal.