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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
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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: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

GulfCoastView, don't be stupid.  Without their Hall of Famer coach and their potential Heisman QB, OSU has no chance.  Our competition will be Nebraska or perhaps a surprise out of the state of Michigan.  But don't count on either of those.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:57 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

What does Dodd know?  I pick Ohio State as the favorite this year. 



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:42 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Tolzein was a very efficient QB. Wilson is better passer and runner. I can't remember the last Wisconsin QB who was a really good QB. They always have a great O-line. They also have two GREAT RB's. Their defense is very good. If everything falls right, they could be undefeated going into bowl season. Then, like always, it'll be a crapshoot.



Since: Jan 12, 2009
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:41 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

this just proves how untalented overall wisky and the big ten is. It offically puts a FACT stamp on it. A ACC player just made wisky the big ten leader. Did the oregon qb who went down to miss last year make that team look good? NO, because the SEC is deeeeeeeeeep in talent, big ten is NOTTTTTTTTT.lolllllllllllllllllllll

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Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:27 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Could be mistaken here, but didn't N.C. State more or less tell Wilson to move on when he tried to return, and they were going to go with another QB? Maybe I'm wrong, but if in fact that's the case, this makes no sense. So, N.C. State doesn't want the guy, but now he's taking Wisconsin to the promised land?
This is true, but not for the reasons you think.  They gave him the ultimatum of being there for the spring game, or not starting anymore.  So he clearly chose the former and decided to move on with everything.  Both have their reasoning, and  I don't necessarily think either party was in the wrong, but it is what it is.  The reason he doesn't have to sit out is because he already graduated.  Same for Zack Brown leaving WI to Pitt.  He doesn't have to sit out either.



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Wiscy is a favorite this year, but only because the Big Ten is weak.  THE Ohio State University should be faxing it in by the end of the season.  Michigan is at least a year away, thanks to dispatching RR just before his team was due to do some damage.  MSU's success last year was an illusion, and it's been a long time since they have put two decent years together.  Iowa and PSU are decent, but nothing special.  Wiscy should beat NU in Madison, but lose in Indianapolis in the rematch for the title.  Both teams make BCS bowls and lose.  Life goes on in the Big Ten.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:23 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

Could be mistaken here, but didn't N.C. State more or less tell Wilson to move on when he tried to return, and they were going to go with another QB? Maybe I'm wrong, but if in fact that's the case, this makes no sense. So, N.C. State doesn't want the guy, but now he's taking Wisconsin to the promised land?



Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:58 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.  For years it has been run, run, run, play-action, run, run, run.  It will be interesting to see how the Off. Coordinator will change his game plan to get Wilson into the spotlight.  Because the way they run the plays now, he will only throw the ball around 20 times a game, if that.  This should be another exciting year for Wiscy football.



Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:58 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.  For years it has been run, run, run, play-action, run, run, run.  It will be interesting to see how the Off. Coordinator will change his game plan to get Wilson into the spotlight.  Because the way they run the plays now, he will only throw the ball around 20 times a game, if that.  This should be another exciting year for Wiscy football.



Since: Feb 4, 2010
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:57 pm
 

Wisconsin just became the Big Ten favorite

If I remember correctly, Russell Wilson sucked.  And Wisconsin lost that game to TCU in the Rose Bowl.  Wisconsin may be playing in the Title game, but I don't see them doing much more than that. 
Reading the entire article helps.  Oh, and not being ignorant doesn't hurt.  Wilson has great stats, even if last year wasn't his best.  And because TCU is not a BCS team, you treat it like a bad loss.  Both teams deserved to be there.  But either way,  'grats on getting Brown from us.  He is a great player and kid. 


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