|Gary Andersen has emerged as the favorite for the Wisconsin job. (US Presswire)|
In late November after being considered for the Colorado job Utah State's Gary Andersen released a statement that he wouldn't be taking the job in Boulder and that he planned on staying with Utah State.
Well, plans can change.
According to multiple reports on Tuesday night, including the Wisconsin State Journal, Andersen interviewed for the opening at Wisconsin on Tuesday and he's emerged as the favorite to replace Bret Bielema. Bielema caught Wisconsin and just about everybody in the college football world off-guard earlier this month when he left to take the Arkansas job.
Utah State finished its season with a win over Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Saturday. That win improved the Aggies to 11-2 on the season and the Aggies are currently ranked 18 in the AP Poll. One of those losses came against Wisconsin in September, as the Badgers needed to comeback from a 14-3 deficit and for Utah State to miss a late field goal to emerge with the 16-14 win.
Barry Alvarez must have been impressed with what he saw.
Andersen is 26-24 in his four seasons at Utah State, but his teams have gone 18-8 the last two seasons. Utah State also won the WAC this season, which was the school's first conference title since winning the Big West in 1997.