The consecutive losses in October, excruciating at the time, are discussed only if an outsider broaches the subject.
The disappearance from the list of legitimate Heisman Trophy candidates doesn't occupy his thoughts.
Instead, senior quarterback Russell Wilson studies Wisconsin's final regular-season opponent, understands what a victory will +bring and struggles to mask his excitement.
"That is what I came here for," Wilson said, "to play some of the best teams in the country and show what we have as a football team."
Wilson's lone season at UW, which started when he joined his teammates for summer conditioning after transferring from North Carolina State, has at most three games remaining.
A victory over Penn State (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium will send UW (9-2, 5-2) into the Big Ten title game against Michigan State and keep alive UW's hopes for a return to the Rose Bowl.
"Every day is a blessing to me," Wilson said. "I'm enjoying every second of it."