Year In Review: Grading Gary Andersen And His First Year As Wisconsin’s Head Coach

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Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Game Day:

Andersen has one year of games under his belt as the Badgers’ head coach and he’s already been offered a contract extension through 2019. Impressive. His Badgers began the year 2-0, winning by a combined score of 93-0. Then, the controversy of the Arizona State game happened. Sigh. The Badgers almost secured the Big Ten’s first ever win in Tempe, AZ. Wisconsin bounced back and went 6-2 in Big Ten play, which included two heart-breaking losses to Ohio State and Penn State. UW still managed to snag a great bowl game despite their late-season loss to the Nittany Lions.

The Badgers went to the Capital One Bowl but lost to South Carolina after Joel Stave’s injury derailed the Badgers’ game plan. Wisconsin finished the year 9-4, which is pretty good. But, Wisconsin is the type of program that expects to win at least 10 games every year and expects to compete for the conference championship. In that, the Badgers failed to rise to the lofty, but reasonable expectations.

Grade: B