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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: Nov 5, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

you obvioulsy have never been to Wisconsin... you're and idiot! Go to a game at Camp Randall, It's easlily one of the best attractions in all of the country, but your obvioulsy an arrogant person who more than likely hasnt traveled outside your 50 mile comfort zone. Do us a favor and never procreate!



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

There are many teams with a bad taste in their mouth from Wisconsin and their coach running up the score on them last season.


Yeah? I watched 2 games where they passed less than 5 times total in the second half and emptied their benches so they wouldn't embarras the other team. I was at one of the games. The Badgers benchwarmers obviously played hard, and they managed to score on their much more experienced opponents. The Badgers can't take 3 knees and punt the entire second half, especially when the opponent can't move the football anyway against the scrubs on the Badgers' defense.

Maybe you should send your blame to the players on the other team for giving up at halftime. And their coaches for letting them give up.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:10 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Wow!  Wisconsin has a "big name" QB.  Only problem is, the UW offense doesn't revolve around having a big name QB. 
Saying that adding a stud QB with more tools than any UW QB has had in decades doesn't really help them is like saying adding an armor-piercing laser weapon to a tank doesn't help the tank, because tanks haven't relied on them in the past.

Wisconsin was going to be competitive in the Big10 even with a marginal QB. Their RB corps could be the best group from top to bottom they've ever had, which is a huge statement. They weren't going to scare many top 10 ranked teams, though, without a QB who could propel the team in clutch situations, like 3rd and 10 late in the game. They just landed that guy.

The Badgers were a V8 Mustang yesterday, and now they could be a Formula 1 car. Scary good. No more analogies necessary.




Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

@allknowing12... CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are now the early leader in the "dumbest and completely illogical comment made on the blog" award! Kudos!


Couple of "little" differences here between your Masoli/OleMiss transfer and its outcome versus the current conversation…


- STATS: Masoli and Wilson have similar stats (Wilson’s are actually better) yet he played with an inferior level of talent at NC State versus Masoli at Oregon.

- CHARACTER: Masoli came into the situation with MAJOR baggage – multiple felonies – which logically made his transition more difficult while Wilson has proven to be a very intelligent young gentleman –i.e. he will most likely have no problem picking up the offense and/or meshing into the current system and culture.  

- TEAMS: When Masoli came to Ole Miss it was “at best” rebuilding after a four-loss season with marginal offensive talent along with a below-average offensive line returning. Wisconsin is returning arguably the best backfield in CFB along with a solid group of WR’s, TE’s and as always a ridiculous O-Line.  Both teams had solid returning defenses although I think most would admit that Ole Miss’s 2010 unit is not quite as good as UW’s predicted 2011 unit.  The Badgers are also returning nearly a dozen players that received All Big Ten honors from a conference champion and BCS bowl team.

- PRE-PREDICTION: Before Masoli arrived most were “hoping” for another 8 or 9 win season at Ole Miss while most people already viewed UW as a potential conference champion and BCS longshot.

In other words, the only two similarities of these two situations are that both transferred and both are quarterbacks.

Now please go and wax poetic on your “My Little Pony” blog as obviously you are lost with the rest of us men talking about sports.  Good night kitten!




Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Why the hell would anybody want to play there college football in cold-ass, dreary Wisconsin??   Dumb move!



Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:48 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

There are many teams with a bad taste in their mouth from Wisconsin and their coach running up the score on them last season,while Bielema is a good coach, he is a classless bum as far as sportsmanship goes and other coaches and players won't forget what he has done in the past(what comes around goes around).Say what you may about the Vest and his lie,he never ran up scores with the  starters still in,the same can't be said for the Badgers.
Did you happen to watch the UW/IU game?  It was darn near impossible to NOT run the score up.  4th stringers in for almost the whole half, while running the ball all but three plays.  But Sportscenter wouldn't show that.  And even in the MI game, they ran the ball I believe 23 times in a row.  Who's fault is it when the other team simply cannot stop the offense.  The long bomb Budmayr threw was of his own accord.  It was not meant to be that throw at all.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

if, and that's a big if, he ran up scores it's because of how the BCS computers rank teams and give them a BCS number so sorry, if you want to place blame look no further than the BCS not Bielema. As for the Buckeyes, I'm am not at all happy about Buckeye woes. I don't care what 'offenses' were committed or by whom. The Big Ten is strongest when it's strongest teams are competitive and the fans certainly don't deserve it either but it can't be changed now. I feel for the players who had no part in the problem but will suffer because of it, it's a shame when a few ruin it for the 'lunch pail' kind of college players, chin up Buckeye fans, I don't want to kick dirt on man down, good luck next season.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Earth to dumb guy writing this,
We all know that meant Dodd. Dodd is to stupid, what Lebron James is to choking.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Earth to dumb guy writing this, they were already the Big 10 favorite once Tressell resigned. This team has a killer ground game, a solid defense and a terrific coach. They also have the best home-field advantage in college football. This may make them a national title contender.

The Big 10(er 12) will get a boost from Nebraska. If their QB can actually stay healthy and play consistently, they could be Wisconsin's big threat. MSU isn't good enough, Michigan is in transition and OSU is in free fall. PSU never contends anymore and will lose 4-5 games as usual. Iowa is always solid, but has had problems of late and may not be what they usually are. Northwestern never plays defense and without their QB are a pedestrian, but well-coached team. Purdue is mediocre at best. Indiana is Indiana. Illinois is coached by a doofus. The Big 10 is a solid league with 1-2 teams capable of making a title run. Wisconsin is a legitimate contender with Nebraska as a possible one. I can see the Badgers playing in the BCS game against Alabama.

Btw, their coach reminds me of the cop from The Hangover. "Right in the face!"




Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Let us remember this kid played in the ACC,Frown and I wouldn't count out Michigan State,Nebraska,Iowa and even THE Ohio State Buckeyes.This should be a fun and competitive season to watch in the Big Ten this season.There are many teams with a bad taste in their mouth from Wisconsin and their coach running up the score on them last season,while Bielema is a good coach, he is a classless bum as far as sportsmanship goes and other coaches and players won't forget what he has done in the past(what comes around goes around).Say what you may about the Vest and his lie,he never ran up scores with the  starters still in,the same can't be said for the Badgers.


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