Badgers football sets sights on first Big Ten title in a decade

Nick Herbig Wisconsin Badgers Linebacker
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INDIANAPOLIS — The 2022 Wisconsin Badgers are going to look a little different.

They have a new offensive coordinator, a handful of transfers, and have to replace eight starters from a defense that was the best in the country. What hasn’t changed, though, is their goal of winning a Big Ten Championship — something that this group knows hasn’t been done in awhile.

“I remind the guys frequently whenever we’re working out, I say, ‘Look at the board. 2012. Like, that’s sad,'” linebacker Nick Herbig said during Big Ten Media Day Wednesday. “That’s not Wisconsin football. That’s sad. So I’m looking to restore order.”

“How do you want to be remembered? Who do you want to be remembered by and what for?” Defensive tackle Keeanu Benton said. “I feel like just looking at that and making it known that we haven’t won in however many years, 10 years, that means we have a lot of work to do. You’re not on top yet.”

The Badgers haven’t brought home a Big Ten title since beating Nebraska, 70-31, in the 2012 Championship game, their second conference title in a row.

“At Wisconsin, we’re expected to win every year,” Herbig said. “That doesn’t cut it here. I came here to win championships. I didn’t come here to sit on my couch and watch it on TV.”

“That should be your goal, so I would just say the drive, the guys are truly hungry,” quarterback Graham Mertz said. “We’re doing it for each other because we love each other and that’s all you can ask for in a team.”

The road back to Indianapolis begins August 3rd for the Badgers when they kick off fall camp.

“I can’t wait to ball with these dudes,” Herbig said.