The names change in Madison.
The standings don’t.
“The Wisconsin Badgers have been the most consistent team in the Big Ten since 2008,” coaching metrics analyst Adam McClintock, co-founder of Matrix Analytical Solutions who’s been analyzing and grading coaches for college football websites and athletic departments for a decade, told Land of 10.
“They’ve done this even being the most inconsistent coaching staff. They’ve had  different coaches between the offensive coordinator and head coaching positions since 2008 yet they just keep chugging along.”
And chugging at the top. Wisconsin wrapped up its sixth Big Ten conference or division title this decade with a school-record 13 wins in 2017 — along with a second consecutive AP top 10 finish and a fourth straight bowl victory.
The Badgers were also the only Big Ten program to receive a triple crown of A-plus grades from McClintock this winter, dropping the honors on Paul Chryst as coach (A-plus, No. 2 rank nationally) and as head offensive play caller (A-plus, No. 19 nationally) as well as on first-year defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard (A-plus, No. 4 nationally).
Head coaches are graded by McClintock based on results relative to the talent said coach has recruited; coordinators are marked based on the talent on hand and the per-play efficiency with which their units either score or surrender points.
This past autumn, Wisconsin led the Big Ten in scoring defense (13.9 points per game) and in total defense (262.1 yards allowed per game) while ranking third in the league in scoring offense (33.8) and in total offense (415 yards per game).
End of regular ssn HC performance rnk & ssn grade. Difference between Grade & Rank? Rank is pure performance. Grade is performance relative to talent & schedule.
1. A+, Chryst #Wisconsin
2. A+, Frost #UCF
3. A+, Norvell #Memphis
4. A+, Brown #Troy
5. A+, Candle #Toledo
— Adam McClintock (@cfb_professor) November 28, 2017
“The [Badgers] offense took a major upswing this past season when compared to ,” said McClintock, who ranked Wisconsin with the Big Ten’s No. 1 coach, No. 1 defensive coordinator, and No. 3 offensive play caller in 2017.
“Chryst calls the [offensive] plays and his offense had a D grade last season but was an A-plus this year. On the other side of the ball, Leonhard kept the tradition of swarming Wisconsin defenses alive with another A-plus season by a [Badgers] defensive coordinator.”
Former Wisconsin defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was ranked No. 6 in the country and No. 3 in the Big Ten by McClintock in 2016. He left Madison a year ago to take the coaching job at California; Leonhard, an NFL veteran and venerated Badgers alum, became the program’s third different defensive coordinator since 2013.
“Much of their success is due to the machine Barry Alvarez created as head coach and maintains as athletic director,” McClintock said. “He is very good at hiring coaches who maintain his vision of the program. Chryst was a subpar coach at Pittsburgh, but he’s been an A grade as a head coach since coming to Wisconsin.
“I don’t see a reason why the Badgers wouldn’t keep rolling on as they have since 2008 next year.”