Danny O’Brien has made his choice. Apparently, he has decided not to rejoin former offensive coordinator James Franklin at Vanderbilt. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting the former Maryland QB is “poised to choose” Wisconsin. O’Brien, graduating this Spring, can play immediately and has two years of eligibility left.
Wisconsin should be a good fit. His only competition is unproven redshirt sophomore Joe Brennan. The Badgers lost Paul Chryst, but return the stable of running backs and offensive line assembly plant that made him so successful. The running game will alleviate pressure for him. He should also have the opportunity to compete for a conference title and a BCS bid.
If O’Brien can merely be competent, that removes Wisconsin’s major question mark. The Badgers do return the fewest starters in the Big Ten, though should have players capable of emerging to fill lost positions. Their non-conference schedule – Northern Iowa, Oregon State (A), Utah State and UTEP – should be facile. They miss Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern on the Big Ten schedule.
Wisconsin will be definite favorites in the Big Ten Leaders division with Ohio State inevitable. If they can go 3/3 in their tough games – Nebraska (A), Ohio State and Michigan State – and avoid slip-ups, they could go undefeated.
Update: The move is official.
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