With Russell Wilson landing at UW does that make them the preseason favorites to win the B1G? QB was UW's glaring weekness going into this season but obviously Russell Wilson is a major upgrade from anyone they have on their current roster. He only has one year of eligability remaining so we would only see them in Indy.
Wiscy and R.Wilson
I personally think so, they're going to be pretty good with him this year.
A top 10 finish.They have a good offense and a stable defense to bruise there way into the capital one bowl!( Michigan is going to the rose bowl!) There goes my wishful thinking...
A Top Ten finish and no BCS-bowl? That's a bit harsh! They would at least get an at-large bid if not the Rose(or NC).
He's still a true freshman in the Wisconsin system, but if he knows how to hand the ball off well then I think they will definitely be contenders (maybe pass defense/offense are their weak points after the transfer?). They should definitely win their division in my opinion, despite the challenge penn state presents.
The title game could probably go either way... if msu were to win the "legends" this season, Cousin's might have a 400 yard passing field day to Cunningham, Martin, and Nichols. Maybe even Denard would go the same way (if we were to win our division... keep drinking that maize kool-aid!) with Hemingway, Roundtree, and Stokes. But Nebraska would definitely run into a lot of problems (literally...)
He graduated in 3 years, I don't think he will have any trouble remembering the playbook of Wisconsin.
He graduated in four: he's a redshirt senior.
Wilson did graduate in three years. Very smart and athletic.
I think Wisconsin is right up there in that half of the B1G.
Am I crazy for thinking msu has no shot at winning the conference. I think they lost way too many starters and their luck will run out this year. Maybe its just me being a homer, but I see them with like a 7 or 8 win season at best.
Aside from the Wisconsin win, they really didn't look impressive last year, and when they lost, they lost badly. Ignoring Alabama, they were just crushed by an Iowa team that struggled at times last year.
I like Cousins enough that I think they still have a shot at it despite their other losses. I don't think it's a good shot, though.
I think the worst 11-2 team in the history of college football will fall back down to earth with a nice 6-6, 7-5 season next year.
They've lost key players like Moffit, Clay and Watt (along with some recievers i think)... I expect them to be good, but not as good as last year, I don't really care about them since we won't be playing them in like 5 years, unless they meet us at the championship game of course
Um, and some guy named Gabe Carimi.
Sorry for the double post. Ah the fun of slow nets
Wisconsin has already been substantially overrated in the preseason and I felt compelled to write Pete Fiutak of College Football News (who had them finishing #2 in the Big Ten behind Ohio State) about both teams.
Wisconsin is only returning 12 starters this year and if I remember correctly I thought their offensive line except for one guy was not returning. Its good and all to have power running backs but they aren't going anywhere without a good O Line. Losing Watt and Carimi is especially going to hurt.
The QB situation was a gigantic question mark that seems to be solved now and I think Wisconsin could be a contender for the title but I think you are overrating them if you say they are the favorites. I thought they were going to be a 7 or 8 win team preseason which I'm probably upping now to 10.
Big Ten is in a weird year I think a dark horseish team is going to win it this year....which could be Michigan. We have a number of perceived flaws (running back questions, new offense, new coach, GERG inherited defense) but those might not translate into actual flaws.
I agree Wisconsin is overrated but it doesnt matter who they put on their O-Line, they'll still be all-Big Ten
Didn't he rupture his Achilles tendon? I think that's a major variable affecting his ability to repeat his performance from last year.
I think you are putting far too much emphasis on the impact a new playbook is going to have on a proven quality QB. This guy can play and the playbook he has to learn is wisconsins. You can't honestly think that a QB with no game experience would be a better option than a guy who has already proven he is a quality college QB can you? If it was a more complex offense I may think you have a point (but even then would probably disagree)., but in this case I can't see how there would be a better option on wisconsins team.
I don't understand why people keep trying to compare Wilson to a freshman QB. He has been a college QB for 4 years and has gone through all the training and camps expected of a 5th year senior QB. This guy has been reading defenses at the college level and reviewing playbooks (which some will probably be similar), he has so much more to offer than any freshman QB just on knowledge alone, let alone whatever talent he has. I just don't think it will be that difficult for him to come in and perform at Wisconsin.
Wisconsin has gotten an upgrade at QB, now how much of an upgrade to thier season remanins the question.
Wisconsin and Nebraska I think are the frontrunners. However why shouldn't Michigan be in the discussion? They bring almost everyone back from one of the top ranked offenses in the country. If the defense is even average there is no excuse for Michigan not being in the race.
The period of transition and the crazy offseason we've had and change to a new system makes this such funny and broad statement.
I'm rooting for it no doubt and the ceiling is deff. high enough for it, but it is understandable if currently Michigan is not in the discussion.
Looking strictly at last year's stats, the guy was not terribly impressive. It might have been whom he had to play with on the O, but he threw 28 TD's and had 14 INT's on 527 attempts. His rushing average last year was 2.9 yards per attempt. He is also short - listed at 5' 11".
Of course, Wiscy generally has a good line, but I think we need to wait and see how he does in the B1G.
I thought when a player transferred to another school, they had to wait a year to be elibible? Did I just make that up or has there been a recent rule change so that players can transfer wherever they what whenever they want?
He graduated from NC State in the spring and was dismissed from the football team for having the temerity to play minor league baseball in the summer, so he decided to transfer to Wisconsin and is eligable immediately because he will be enrolling in graduate school.
Also, Wisconsin is clearly the team to beat in the Big Ten with this news. Their divisional foes all have much greater weaknesses and they match up well against anyone from the Legends division in the championship game.
For what reason was this this guy unable or uninterested in playing at his previous school?
someone already answered above.
Make no mistake about it; Russell Wilson is a huge upgrade for Wiscy at QB this year. He pretty much won a few games by himself at NC State. However, it will take him time to mesh with a new team and new offense. As for Wiscy being a favorite, the conference, especially Wiscy's division, is weak this year. Ohio could be "faxing in" their games by the halfway point. PSU is decent, and neither Illinois, Purdue, nor Indiana can be considered serious contenders for the Leaders division. Not having to play Iowa or Michigan is quite a bonus, too.
Wiscy probably could have gone 8-4 or 9-3 just because of an easy schedule, Ohio's troubles, and MSU's probable regression to the mean. With a better QB, they could beat Ohio, who probably won't be up to usual standards when they can't cheat, and PSU, who seem to be stuck in mediocrity limbo. Nebraska, which should have been an auto-loss for them, suddenly looks winnable.
With a mediocre QB, all three of those games would have been auto-losses, as would Oregon State. Now, I would imagine they go 10-2, with an early loss to Oregon State, and one Big Ten loss, probably to Nebraska. And they could actually peak at the end of the season: they are definitely a favorite to win the Big Ten.
I think Wiscy and Nebraska end up in the BTC game, and whoever wins during the season loses the "revenge" game.
"He graduated from NC State in the spring and was dismissed from the football team for having the temerity to play minor league baseball in the summer, so he decided to transfer to Wisconsin and is eligable immediately because he will be enrolling in graduate school."
This is incorrect. He graduated college in three years. He played a fourth year, but had already completed his degree. Furthermore, he was released from his scholarship because he would miss spring practice AND summer workouts. Plus, had he returned, NC State would have probably lost the services of Mike Glennon, an extremely good junior QB. Glennon also graduated early and could have transferred with immediate eligibility. So NCSU was going to lose one of them. They chose the guy with more remaining eligibility.
on the OL as always. They will need to find a replacement for Watt, a dynamic playmaker and that man may not be on the roster. Also the receiving corps consists of injury prone Nick Toon and a group of pedestrians. Maybe they are the favorite in the Leaders, but they and their blowhard coach will find a way to stumble.
Now, I don't know much of anything about R Wilson. He's obviously a very good QB that had success at SC. SC also has had some success. So why transfer now?
I'm assuming Spurrier and SC didn't run him out (but I don't know the details). I can't imagine running away from a program in my 4th season of eligibility when on the cusp of making SC a solid program.
Kids today though...
Obviously, I hope he fails miserably.