Based on assorted chatter and hearsay, the quest to land the 2011 services of former N.C. State Wolfpack QB and current minor league baseball prospect Russell Wilson came down to the Auburn Tigers and Wisconsin Badgers. And according to NBC Sports' Keith Arnold, the Badgers won, though NBC 12's Matt Lincoln begs to differ.
Some have questioned Wilson's reported choice to head to the Big Ten instead of playing in the SEC, and especially his reported selection of Wisconsin's run-heavy, power offense over a versatile, adaptable and easy-to-pick-up attack like what Gus Malzahn whipped up for Cam Newton. I think a move to Wisconsin would be a genius decision -- how many opportunities does a quarterback get to come in as the starter for a team that's become one of the top two favorites to win its BCS conference?
With Ohio State's losses, the Big Ten is wide open for teams like Wisconsin and Nebraska to make a move. The Badgers are already being picked as a top-15 team for 2011, and that's with a quarterback depth chart that lacks certainty. Wilson could take Wisconsin's offense to another level, provided he can play in a top conference as well as he did in the ACC.