Wisconsin Northwestern

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz is sacked by Northwestern cornerback Cam Ruiz, left, and linebacker Blake Gallagher during the second half of the Badgers' loss to the Wildcats at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill. 

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It's no secret that Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill., is where University of Wisconsin football seasons go to die.

It started in 1992 when an emerging Badgers team played at Northwestern needing a victory to clinch its first bowl bid under coach Barry Alvarez and fumbled the game away in the closing minute. From 1990 through 2018, UW had a 4-8 record at the dreariest stadium in the Big Ten Conference, including a 1-5 mark since 2003. In most of those years, the ranked Badgers saw a promising season get sidetracked by the unranked Wildcats.

This article originally ran on madison.com.


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