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1968 Wisconsin Badgers football team

The 1968 Wisconsin Badgers football team represented the University of Wisconsin in the 1968 Big Ten Conference football season. The team was led by second-year head coach John Coatta, and they competed in the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers finished the season 0–10 (0–7 in Big Ten, last); to date, this is the first (and only) time the Badgers have finished winless.

1968 Wisconsin Badgers football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1968 record0–10 (0–7 Big Ten)
Head coachJohn Coatta (2nd season)
Base defenseHarry Gonso
MVPKen Criter
Home stadiumCamp Randall Stadium
Seasons
← 1967
1969 →
1968 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     10 0 0
No. 12 Michigan 6 1 0     8 2 0
No. 10 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
Minnesota 5 2 0     6 4 0
Indiana 4 3 0     6 4 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 5 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     5 5 0
Illinois 1 6 0     1 9 0
Northwestern 1 6 0     1 9 0
Wisconsin 0 7 0     0 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

This was the first season of artificial turf at Camp Randall Stadium;[1][2] the Tartan Turf home opener was against Washington of the Pac-8,[3] who had just installed AstroTurf at their Husky Stadium in Seattle.[4] Outside of these two, the only other University Division venues with synthetic turf in 1968 were the Astrodome (Houston) and Neyland Stadium (Tennessee).

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 21at Arizona State*L 7–5543,317
September 28Washington*L 17–2142,965
October 5No. 19 Michigan State
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
L 0–3949,067
October 12Utah State*
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
L 0–2037,469
October 19at IowaL 0–4145,651
October 26at NorthwesternL 10–1333,133
November 2Indiana 
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
L 20–2151,666
November 9No. 2 Ohio State
  • Camp Randall Stadium
  • Madison, WI
L 8–4340,972
November 16at No. 4 MichiganL 9–3451,117
November 23Minnesota
L 15–2339,214
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
Source:[5]

RosterEdit

1968 Wisconsin Badgers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 36 Joe Dawkins Jr
T 70 Mike McClish
WR 18 Tom McCauley Sr
QB 15 John Ryan Sr
TE 40 Stu Voigt Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 33 Ken Criter Sr
DT 73 Jim DeLisle So
DT 76 Bill Gregory So
DT 57 Jim Novak Sr
LB 35 Chuck Winfrey So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt


NFL/AFL Draft selectionsEdit

Two University of Wisconsin Badgers were selected in the 1969 NFL/AFL draft, which lasted seventeen rounds with 442 selections.

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Lynn Buss Linebacker 9th 218 Philadelphia Eagles
Tom McCauley Wide receiver 10th 253 Minnesota Vikings
Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Synthetic grass at UW passes 1st test". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 10, 1968. p. 1, part 2.
  2. ^ "Badgers try ersatz turf". Milwaukee Sentinel. September 10, 1968. p. 13, part 2.
  3. ^ Kuechele, Oliver (September 27, 1968). "UW plays Huskies; no relief is in sight". Milwaukee Journal. p. 19, part 2.
  4. ^ Bochat, Rel (September 28, 1968). "Huskies test UW, new rug today". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 2.
  5. ^ "Wisconsin Badgers Index". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2011-07-28.
  6. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1969.htm