Badgers ready to prove legitimacy in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLUK) -- On the heels of their first perfect regular season (12-0) since 1912, the Badgers football team is ready to prove they’ve saved their best for the postseason.
"We've played in the Big Ten championship but with the implications after this game, probably a little bit bigger," quarterback Alex Hornibrook said. "We're focused on this game and winning this game."
Wisconsin is set to meet Ohio State in the title game for the first time since 2014 and there is a lot on the line. A victory could earn the Badgers, a conference title, a spot in the college football playoff and maybe most importantly, national respect at Lucas Oil stadium.
"I think it's another great opportunity to prove, we're legit, that we are the team we thought we are," tight end Troy Fumagalli said. "I think it's another great opportunity with another great team, so it will be a great opportunity."
Wisconsin is currently ranked No. 4 in the college football playoff but many national media members and football pundits believe they haven’t prove anything yet.
Saturday they’ll get their chance against a Buckeyes team listed at No. 8 in the playoff and a conference foe which has won the past five meetings. Including a 59-0 blowout win in their last meeting in Indianapolis.
"There's been a lot of huge games in this program and all I know is we're in the Big Ten championship game, against a great team," linebacker T.J. Edwards said. "We've had a great season thus far but this is our national championship."