Color me impressed, not just with Wisconsin’s Champs Sports Bowl win over Miami, but with the entire season Bucky put together. After last year, I didn’t believe UW was going to be markedly better in 2009; I figured they’d be lucky to win six games and sneak into a fringe bowl. I guess I was wrong. The strong win over the #15 team in the country seems to indicated that Bret Bielema has the program headed in the right direction.

With a signature win under their belt and a nifty 10-3 record secured, a much more tricky task awaits. With most of the team back next season, expectations for the 2010 are going to be sky high. How Bielema deals with this season’s success will go a long way in determining if the program continues its upward arc. As hard as it was beating The U in Orlando and putting 10 pelts on the wall, figuring a way to keep the team and his staff focused but also loose enough to perform at a high level is going to be a delicate but critical task for the head coach.