While much of what you say about the '93 Badger football team is accurate,
I highly disagree. That badger team had a pretty solid defense. And on offense they had the two-headed monster at RB of Brent Moss (who would have been a Heisman front runner the following year if he wasn't busted for pot in the offseason) and Terrell Fletcher (NFL player), an offensive line that had 4/5 guys play in the NFL, and JC Dawkins and Lee Deramus (another NFL player) at receiver. Playing QB on that 1993 team would be like playing QB at Alabama today, anybody could manage that team to a solid record.
Rise against, the fact remains, Darrell Bevell was an important cog in the team's success. Your Alabama analogy is b.s. and unfair to Bevell. I agree with Squeeze. Meanwhile, Rise Against, it appears you missed my post responding to your initial post regarding Bevell's importance to the '93 team. I will re-post for your enjoyment:
In all seriousness,
the Badgers likely would have been national champions that year with any QB other than Bevell
, particularly since there were no undefeated teams that year
. Wisconsin finished 10-1-1
with their lone loss to the lowly Gophers (a game in which Bevell threw 5 INTs)
and their lone tie was 14-14 to Ohio State at home, in which Bevell fumbled two snaps under center inside the redzone (one inside the 15 late in the 3rd quarter with the Badgers up 14-7).
N, in a furious 2nd-half rally after Bucky had fallen way behind and had to abandon their vaunted running game with the Gophers laying back in coverage, knowing the Badgers had to throw. oteworthy: Bevell threw for 423 yards (still the UW single-game record) in that 5-INT game at Minnesota in 1993 Bevell also was the Big 10's 1st-team all-conference QB in '93, throwing for 2390 yards in 12 games (199 ypg) on 187 completions in 276 passing attempts (67.8%) with 19 TD's, 11 INT's and a passing efficiency rating of 155.2, all Badger single-season records at the time. I would argue that it was in large part that BECAUSE of Darrell Bevell was even in position to challenge for the national championship in 1993 ... Wisconsin Bevell finshed his Badger football career in 1995 with 7686 passing yards and 59 TD's, which remain all-time Badger career highs. Bevell also tops the Badger career passing list with 646 completions, 35 completions in a single game and 5 TD's in a single game. Bevell's INT-rate wasn't too shabby either. He averaged less than 1 INT per game (.86) per game (39) over 45 career games and he had a 1.51 TD/INT ratio (59/39) for his career.
Wisconsin Sports Network Hall of Fame Inductee, 2012