MADISON - Wisconsin won its second consecutive Big Ten championship with a thrilling 42-39 win over Michigan State during the inaugural Big Ten championship game. In doing so UW clinched a spot in the 2012 Rose Bowl. It's time for our popular weekly feature: The Hot 11.
The 12th installment of the 2011 regular season is based on momentum and individual play this season. One bad game won't necessarily move a player off, but it could cause a player to slide down the board as new players start to emerge.
By no means is the list perfect, that is why BadgerBlitz.com encourages everyone to head over to The Badgers' Den to offer their own opinions.
He doesn't have quite the accolades that Ball has. But it's readily apparent the Badgers wouldn't be heading back to Pasadena without him. Some of the plays he made when it counted the most were simply ridiculous.
With Michigan State threatening inside the Badgers red zone, Borland's pass break up on third down gave UW new life. Had the Spartans scored a touchdown on that fourth quarter drive they would have likely gone up nine points. That would have been tough for UW to overcome.
Wisconsin wouldn't be in the Rose Bowl if it weren't for Duckworth's dramatic fourth down catch late in the fourth quarter. He also hauled in his first touchdown pass as a Badger to kick off the scoring.
Abbrederis quietly continues going about his business. He led the Badgers with three catches for 65 yards. His 42-yard touchdown in the third quarter was extremely huge because it swung momentum in UW's favor.