Badgers drop another bowl, but positives in future

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(AP) -- The 19th-ranked Badgers are headed into another offseason on a losing note, though there are plenty of positives to draw from coach Gary Andersen's debut season in Madison.

Linebacker Chris Borland says Wisconsin played hard in the postseason, but he otherwise can't figure out what the program need to do better other than improved execution. The senior is leaving without a bowl win following the 34-24 loss Wednesday to South Carolina in the Capital One Bowl. The Badgers (9-4) previously lost three straight Rose Bowls.

Andersen's transition to Wisconsin can generally be viewed as a success. He has 1,600-yard rusher Melvin Gordon returning in 2014.

Andersen also successfully implemented a 3-4 defense. One of the biggest issues for next year will be developing consistency at quarterback.

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