MADISON — Saturday, everything fans have been cheering for, players have been working toward and coaches been coaching for, comes to a pinnacle. No. 6 Wisconsin and No. 7 Penn State have been working towards Indianapolis all season long and the offseason prior.
Perhaps the most exciting part of the game this Saturday is the fact no one thought it would be these two teams representing the Big Ten at its highest level. Before the season it was all Iowa, all Michigan, all Ohio State. No mention of either teams that will take the field on Saturday.
Wisconsin’s players and coaches though, never had a doubt in their minds.
“It’s a great football conference, it doesn’t just happen, to be able to play in the Big Ten cChampionship…You always have a chance and yet none of that stuff happens, you got to take care of the steps in between.” – Coach Paul Chryst
“I think we were the only ones who believed. Just coming in and how hard we worked in the summer and the spring, just putting it all together for fall camp. I think we knew we all believed, our schedule is going to be tough, we were going to face some tough adversity through the season but we knew if we could overcome, we’d get some good wins and set a platform for ourselves that people would be like ‘ok, they deserve this, they put their heart into their season’.” – Rob Wheelwright
“Not at all. I didn’t even know if I was going to play or not. I just, it’s all been a work in progress for me. From the start you know, summer workouts and built up to this point. The work that we’ve put in has got us here.” – Quintez Cephus
“Right away in the beginning of the season, back in March, back in spring ball we were talking about how this season, about how everyone expects us to not do as well and this and that. That was something we just carried around on our shoulders to make sure that we did, worked that much harder, prepared that much more for this season.” – Jazz Peavy
“We’re very excited, that was a goal we had at the beginning of the season. A lot of critics, I’m sure some of you guys, didn’t necessarily think the Wisconsin Badgers could win the Big Ten West..To be able to kind of prove the critics wrong and to represent, not just the university but the state of Wisconsin, our friends, our families, It’s special for us…The next page starts tomorrow.” – Vince Biegel