2013: 9-4, 6-2. Bowl game: Lost to South Carolina 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl.
Starters returning: Offense 6, defense 3.
Top returnees: RB Melvin Gordon (1,609 rushing yards), CB Sojourn Shelton (4 interceptions).
Spring news: Joel Stave’s injured right shoulder has opened the door for dual-threat QB Tanner McEvoy to take over as the starter.
Schedule notes: The Badgers open with LSU (Aug. 30) in Houston and are host to defending MAC champion Bowling Green (Sept. 20). Their crossover games — Maryland and at Rutgers — seem to be a gift from reconfigured Big Ten.
Football fever temperature: 75. Gordon is back, but it’s unclear how this team will replace wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and several key defensive players, including Chris Borland and Beau Allen.
Big Ten East
Coach: Kevin Wilson (fourth year).
2013: 5-7, 3-5.
Starters returning: Offense 8, defense 10
Top returnees: RB Tevin Coleman (958 rushing yards), WR Shane Wynn (11 TD receptions).
Spring news: Needing a defensive makeover, the Hoosiers switched to the 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Brian Knorr.
Schedule notes: The Hoosiers face Bowling Green and Missouri in nonconference play and play Iowa and Purdue from the Big Ten West.
Football fever temperature: 50. Indiana lost some top-flight receivers, including Cody Latimer, but this still will be a lethal offense with quarterbacks Tre Roberson and Nate Sudfeld and a healthy Coleman. The Hoosiers went 1-11 in Wilson’s first year but increased their win total to four in 2012 and five in 2013.
Coach: Randy Edsall (fourth year).
2013: 7-6, 3-5 ACC. Bowl game: Lost to Marshall 31-20 in the Military Bowl.