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The Badgers made it count, winning over then-No. 1 Ohio State, at Iowa and putting up gaudy numbers on the scoreboard in an 83-20 win over Indiana and a 70-23 victory against Northwestern.

Bielema said he understands the predicament of Mark Dantonio’s Spartans.

Wisconsin was ranked sixth in the AP poll after the regular season in 2006, but failed to reach a BCS game because Ohio State and Michigan received the maximum of two BCS bids from the conference instead.

“I do appreciate exactly where Michigan State is,” Bielema said. “It’s frustrating. You’re an 11-1 football team and you’re on the outside looking in on the BCS and I have a tremendous amount of respect for coach Dantonio, they beat us. I understand exactly where they’re coming from.

“The one thing I didn’t do, I didn’t go public about it. I stayed pretty quiet about it (until) I made a little jab in the spring. It’s frustrating for you because you work so hard, and to be denied because of that rule is unfortunate.”

That’ll largely change next year, when the Big Ten holds a conference title game after the addition of Nebraska gives the conference 12 teams.

“If it panned out kind of like where it is now, we’d be playing Michigan State in the championship game,” Bielema said. “That would be a lot of fun.”