Last week's trip to Chicago for the annual Big Ten Football Media Days meant supplying the media members in attendance with plenty of info on what the Badgers will bring to the table in 2012.
You can peruse the entire notes package, but here are some of the most interesting nuggets on UW heading into the season...
- The Badgers return just 11 of 22 starters (five on offense, six on defense). However, UW has 19 players on the roster that have started at least one game in their career.
- Wisconsin's 115-player roster breaks down like this: 49 freshmen, 30 sophomores, 27 juniors, 9 seniors. UW's eight scholarship seniors are tied for second-fewest among FBS teams.
- Eight returning Badgers have earned all-conference honors at some point during their careers (six offensive players and two defensive players).
This Fall Belongs to Ball
- After tying Barry Sanders' FBS record with 39 touchdowns last season, senior RB Montee Ball has 61 for his career and needs 18 TDs to break the NCAA career record for total TDs.
- Ball led the nation with 1,923 rushing yards and 2,229 yards from scrimmage last year, while his 39 touchdowns were more than 42 FBS teams scored in all of 2011. His 33 rushing touchdowns were more than 104 FBS teams tallied last season.
- Ball has started just 18 games in his career but is averaging 142.9 rushing yards and has scored 51 touchdowns in those games.
- Ball has not lost a fumble in his career, spanning 617 touches (568 carries, 49 receptions).
Bowling with the Badgers
- The Badgers have made four appearances in the Rose Bowl during the BCS era (since 1998). That is the second-most in the country during that span, trailing only USC's five appearances.
- UW has appeared in a bowl game in 10 straight seasons, tied for the ninth-longest active streak in the country. It is second only to Ohio State's streak of 12-straight bowl games among Big Ten teams.
At the Top
- Wisconsin is one of just six teams in the country to win at least 10 games in each of the last three seasons. The others are Alabama, Boise State, Oregon, Virginia Tech and TCU.
- The Badgers own a 32-8 record over the past three seasons, and only five teams boast more wins than UW since the start of the 2009 season: Boise State (38), TCU (36), Alabama (36), Oregon (34) and LSU (33).
-Wisconsin went undefeated at home for the second-straight season and has won 16 consecutive home games, the second-longest active streak in the country. UW's 50-4 record at Camp Randall Stadium since 2004 is third-best in the country and the Badgers' 50 home wins in that span is tied with LSU for most in the nation.
- Wisconsin was the only team in the country to finish among the top 15 in the final NCAA stats in both total offense and total defense in 2011.
- Since the 2002-03 school year, the Badgers have played in a bowl game every year while also qualifying for the NCAA men's basketball tournament. That streak of 10 straight years with both is by far the longest in the country. BYU and Michigan State are tied for second on that list at five consecutive years.