Wisconsin has started the 2017 season right where it ended the 2016 regular season: Hanging in the nation’s top 10, but still being overlooked by a trio of Big Ten East teams.
The Badgers were not picked by many analysts to win the Big Ten in 2017 or make the College Football Playoff entering the season. And the No. 10 team in the country has not generated much buzz through the first two weeks.
On Wednesday, Wisconsin tight end Troy Fumagalli went on the Big Ten Network and was asked if the Badgers take it as slight that they’re rarely in the conversation about teams who could crack the CFP in 2017. Fumagalli said it’s something they’re well aware of.
“I do (take it personally). I think here we do a great job of taking it one day at a time, one week at a time and having that chip on our shoulder,” he said. “We got a ton of guys who’ve played a lot of football here, so we always want to be that one step better.
“Instead of being that 10-win or 11-win team, we really want to step it up and be the best team we can. I think the great thing is a lot of guys already have that chip on their shoulder. They come in every day ready to work.”
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The Badgers, who have won 32 games in the past three seasons, get a better chance to prove themselves over the next couple of weeks. The travel to BYU this weekend before opening their Big Ten slate against Northwestern and at Nebraska.