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Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Posted on: June 27, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 9:32 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite because of the biggest free-agent acquisition, maybe, in history. In the history of college football, that is. Sorry, Jeremiah Masoli. 

When quarterback Russell Wilson picked Wisconsin on Monday, the Badgers took control of the new, expanded Big Ten because, well, to this point no one else has.

 --Ohio State, you might have heard, is dealing with a few problems.

 --No one is really sure about the Nebraska offense.

 --I want to believe in Michigan State but until the Spartans do it -- go to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988 -- they are suspect.

 With the addition of Wilson, Wisconsin is now, officially, loaded. He gives the Badgers something that they have lacked for years -- a playmaker at quarterback. I know, I know, Scott Tolzien wasn't bad, but he's also gone.

 Without him, Bret Bielema faced a familiar problem -- game-planning around the quarterback. Now he goes into games calling plays because of the quarterback.

 Let's not stop there. With Wilson, the Badgers could compete for the national championship if everything falls right. Sure, the Badgers lost an Outland Trophy winner in the offensive line (Gabe Carimi) and J.J. Watt in the defensive line, but if there are two things Madison is good at they are beer and linemen.

 The schedule is more than manageable. The Nebraska game is at home.

 Am I gushing? I can't help it. One of my lasting visions from the 2010 season was Wisconsin pounding TCU's defense in the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl. Now, add an accurate arm and fast feet to that scene. Give the Frogs credit for bouncing back, but this is going to be a different Badgers' offense with Wilson. I also remember last year at this time when Wilson went 250 days without football-related activity before the 2010 season. It didn't seem to hurt the Pack who won nine games for the first time since 2002.

 Wisconsin gets a smart, polished quarterback who once threw 379 attempts without an interception. Perhaps most impressive: Wilson's 3,563 passing yards and 28 touchdowns not only led the ACC, it would have led the Big Ten.

 If the kid truly wants to concentrate on football now -- which seems to be the case -- then he's at the right place with Wisconsin's pro-styleish offense. If nothing else happens, Wisconsin will have the deadliest play-action passing game in the country.

 This is not Masoli II. Wilson will make a massive impact because he will be asked to do less in Wisconsin's offense. He is not a Cam Newton-like runner (who is?) but Wilson has enough mobility to make defenses account for him. Auburn never would have worked for Wilson because he plays too much like Newton.

No matter what he'd done, it would have been compared to a Heisman Trophy winner. Plus, the best he could have done is tie last year's accomplishments -- an undefeated national title season. That wasn't going to happen with or without Wilson.

 I had to chuckle at Bielema's official statement. Wilson will "compete" for the starting quarterback position. You don't transfer -- and Wisconsin doesn't accept you -- if a quarterback controversy is about to break out.

 The only thing that stops Wilson from becoming the Badgers' quarterback is a late hit from one of his teammates. So far, he's been pretty good at dodging those in live action. I like his chances of staying healthy and leading the Big Ten (ahem, 12) to its second straight Rose Bowl. At least.

 

 

 

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Since: Oct 21, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:48 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Am I gushing? I can't help it. One of my lasting visions from the 2010 season was Wisconsin pounding TCU's defense in the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl. Now, add an accurate arm and fast feet to that scene. Give the Frogs credit for bouncing back, but this is going to be a different Badgers' offense with Wilson

One of my lasting visions that game (in 2011!) is confetti falling all over our players (TCU) and watching them hoist the Rose Bowl trophy.

I don't think it would of made a difference who was under the gun. It was TCU's time.

Thanks for the memories.

GO FROGS!!!



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:33 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

If I remember right, Nebraska had a sure fire gunslinger tranferring from ASU for the 2007 season and Nebraska was instantly proclaimed as Big XII favorites. Sam Keller ended up leading Nebraska to a 4-5 start before getting hurt, Bill Callahan was fired, and Keller decided his only hope was to sue EA Sports for using his likeness.


Hindsight is 20/20, but as I see it, that Nebraska team was lacking in a number of ways.  It was a lot like Michigan under Rich-Rod, in that the Huskers had strayed too far from their core competency.  This years's Wisconsin team was going to be a force in the Big Ten even without a proven, experienced QB.  Add a QB like Wilson to the mix and Dodd is dead-on.  Wisconsin is now in the Big Ten's driver's seat.  And if the Badger's win out, they will be playing for the BCS NC.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:33 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

For Dodd not a bad story but he probably lost the $5 he got for writing this story on the Heat who were also "poised" as favorites



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:18 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Proclaiming a team as the conference favorite is not saying they are a lock for winning the conference. It simply means that they are positioned as well or better going into the season than any other team in the conference. Anything can still happen during the season. They could have severe injuries. They could lose players for academic or disciplinary reasons. They could underperform expectations. The Badgers are loaded now, and anything short of being positioned for the Big10 title going into the final week of the season would be a big disappointment. But if they lose their starting QB and a couple other key players, suddenly 8-3 and a nice bowl game becomes the new expectation instead of a conference title and/or competing for a national title. That's just the way it is.



Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:13 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Funny , that's what Aubrun and Arkansas thought when we smacked them down in some recent bowl games. I'm sure no one would have thought that a DB from Wisky would run down darren mcFadden down from behind , I was at that game and the Arkansas fans were stunned into silence ! .. The SEC is top of the heap...right now ..but don't sleep on Wisco , we are better than advertised and will likely have the the best 1-2 RB punch in the country . We are a 10 win team without Wilson , add him... LOOK OUT ! BB has the recruiting on a huge upswing ( not paying anybody either )and we are set to be playing with the big boys for years to come >> On Wisconsin !!!



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:06 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Dreamer Kevin:

"I can't help but chuckle at the pundits saying the Wilson transer thrusts Wisconsin into the national championship picture. Please. The addition of Russell Wilson, as talented as he is, won't prevent some SEC team from turning the Badgers over their knee and blistering their bushy little tails. To paraphrase Frost, you have MANY miles to go before you sleep..."

Uh, if they are playing against an SEC team then they are "in the national championship picture" since they would be playing them in the national title game. THAT is all he is saying. He didn't say they were the FAVORITE to win the national title, merely in the discussion to compete for it.



Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:59 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

so many wisco haters what the fuck.... 



Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:30 am
 

I'd be a little cautious...

....in proclaiming Wisconsin as the favorits following this transfer. If I remember right, Nebraska had a sure fire gunslinger tranferring from ASU for the 2007 season and Nebraska was instantly proclaimed as Big XII favorites. Sam Keller ended up leading Nebraska to a 4-5 start before getting hurt, Bill Callahan was fired, and Keller decided his only hope was to sue EA Sports for using his likeness.

For every Cam Newtown, there's a Sam Keller, Josh Blankenship, Mitch Musgtain, Jevan Snead, Jeremiah Masoli...




Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:14 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

This is the BIG 10/11/12  NOT the ACC. (Another gusher over an "athletic" QB).  The NU game may be in Madison, but the OSU game is in the Horseshoe.



Since: Nov 2, 2009
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:09 am
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

 The schedule is more than manageable. The Nebraska game is at home.


Good snapshot of that "manageable" schedule, Dodd.  You fail to mention that Wisconsin has to play @ Michigan State, @ Ohio State, and even @ Illinois.  The latter two of those three opponents are in the same division as Wisconsin - the Leaders.  Nebraska and Michigan State are in the opposite division - the Legends.  Obviously, cross-divisional games are important, but the intra-divsional games are more important.  Have you heard of tie-breakers?  Oh, you have... yeah, well, head-to-head is the first tie-breaker b/w teams w/ identical conference records.  Wisconsin added a pretty good player yesterday, but defenses in the ACC aren't exactly as good as defenses like Ohio State.  Don't crown the Badgers yet.


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