I'm not going to get caught up the superlatives, but I think all of what WI has returning on offense needs to be pointed out:
Offensive line: three returning All-Americans plus a freshman All-American, and numerous back ups who played very meaningful snaps last year Wide receiver: I think it's fair to say the potential to be the best group of Badger wide receivers (Cephus, Taylor, Prior, and Davis) during my life time. And oh yeah, Aron Cruickshank was many people's Spring Camp MVP. Running back: A sophomore who only put together one of the best freshman seasons ever, with a good collection of capable back ups. Ingold has plenty of experience returning at FB. Quarterback: Hornibrook has had his ups & downs, but showed the play-making ability he is working towards sustaining in the Orange Bowl last year. How many upperclassmen QBs in the country can boast the experience of a 21-3 college record entering a season? The offenses of 2010 & 2011 were juggernauts - best in school history and some of the best in the nation those two years. Those around here with better memories than I (MicK, DB) would have a more complete recollection, but how did the off-season anticipation of those offenses compare to what is listed above? The success of a college football season is a very fickle thing (injuries, fewer games, varying opponents quality), but it's very hard to not to be excited about the potential of WI's offense at this point in 2018. In terms of preseason rankings and not thinking WI is top 10 material... The Badgers finished 6/7 last year, which I think is pretty appropriate. The Badgers have been one of the top 5 most successful football teams in the country over the last five years, with sustained success the previous 10, 15, 20, 25 years. Is it not appropriate for those doing rankings to acknowledge that success? Yes, the defense has major holes to fill, but given all the Badgers return on offense (partially listed above), what schools finishing behind WI last year should be ranked in front of them? News flash, every school has losses / holes to fill due to players leaving.
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