Sept. 3, Lambeau Field in Green Bay
GREEN BAY — Many wrote off the University of Wisconsin’s 2016 season before it began.
Media and even the team’s own fans pointed to a schedule that featured five teams ranked in the top 17 of the Associated Press poll over its first two months — a grind far too difficult for the unranked Badgers to navigate.
The Badgers laid a crushing blow to the Tigers’ playoff aspirations with a 16-14 victory Saturday at Lambeau Field in Green Bay and converted more Lambeau leaps in the immediate aftermath than the Packers could hope for over an entire season.
“It’s so big,” UW cornerback Sojourn Shelton said. “Playing in that game felt like a championship game. It has that feel. I think a lot of these guys are just going to feed off that energy. … I think we can really ride this wave."
The Badgers, who entered the game as double-digit underdogs, have all the momentum they need to open a Big Ten schedule that features consecutive games against Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State and Iowa.
Saturday, though, was all about LSU.
“We want to break it down one game at a time,” UW outside linebacker Vince Biegel said. “And that started today, September 3, against LSU."
And what a game it was for UW.
The Badgers hadn’t defeated a top-five team since a win over No. 1 Ohio State in 2010 and notched their first regular-season win over an SEC opponent after losing to Alabama and LSU to open each of the last two seasons.