The Wisconsin Badgers defeated Western Michigan in the Cotton Bowl 24-16 in a game that Wisconsin never trailed after jumping out to a 14-0 lead giving fans plenty to cheer about from the very beginning.
Wisconsin alumni gathered at the Green Bay Distillery to cheer on the Badgers who exceeded expectations, although that did leave fans a little disappointed after they came so close to the Rose Bowl and the College Football Playoff.
“We got farther than we ever expected,” said Kelly Fitzgerald of the Wisconsin Alumni Club. “The big LSU victory here at Lambeau Field started the whole season.”
Wisconsin started outside the top 25 and will finish the season ranked in the top 10, they are currently 8th in the nation and the Cotton Bowl victory is number eleven on the season, marking the sixth time Wisconsin has won eleven games including two of the past three years.
It gives Wisconsin fans are reason to be excited for next year and the future of the Badgers.
“We have a good shot at getting at least the top six and that is great for recruiting because they they want to play for a nationally ranked team that always has a chance to get into the playoffs,” said Fitzgerald.
For the Green Bay Distillery they are proud to be the home of the Badger alumni association and look forward to a banner week that will also include a Packers home game at Lambeau.
“It is an exciting time of the year, you have the bowl games, the Packers are in the playoffs, it really brings out the community and everybody is excited about this week,” said Michael McNerney the general manager.