Spartan Nation 2007 scouting report:Â Wisconsin Badgers
Predicted record:Â 11-1 (7-1)
Projected Big Ten standing: 2ndÂ
Returning Starters:Â OFFENSE:Â 9 DEFENSE:Â 7 Lettermen return:Â 49Â
Head Coach:Â Bret Bielema 12-1 Lifetime 12-1
Top assistant:Â Paul Chryst OC
The Badgers come into the 2007 season on a roll under Bret Bielema.Â They are loaded with a multitude of returning players on both sides of the ball.Â Tyler Donovan will be the leader at the QB, but donâ€™t mistake this new QB as an inexperienced kid.Â He comes in as a SR and he has been in the program and understands exactly what it takes.Â The good thing is that Donovan wonâ€™t be expected to carry the team.Â That role will literally go to RB P.J. Hill.Â Hill is a stud back that has great feet and balance.Â FB Chris Pressley is also a stud and the FR John Clay will also find his way onto the field.Â Clay is a bona fide star and should make the faithful in Madison very happy for a long time.
Forget that they lost the second best player in college football last season in Joe Thomas, the OL will still be they best unit in the Big Ten and the best in Madison in a long time.
The defensive side of the ball is loaded with big powerful hitters.Â If you want a proto type of what Dantonio is doing at MSU, just take a look at the Badgers.Â DT Jason Chapman is a star.Â He has great feet, keeps his elbows tight, and is explosive.Â I predicted the Badgers to go 11-1.Â I think that they will only falter when the go to Ohio State on November third.Â The only reason I predict them to win the November tenth game with Michigan is because it is at home in Camp Randall.
Bielema is a great coach and a terrific recruiter.Â I donâ€™t see him staying in Madison long term if he continues to win like he has.Â He is going to be a very hot commodity and is young enough to want to be more aggressive moving up the ladder which is something that Alvarez with his age never was inclined to do.Â I also have heard rumblings from people close the program that he is not at all real excited with how much Barry Alvarez puts his nose in the program.
I was also told that many around the program and very high up the ladder were upset that Alvarez was to busy doing TV broadcasts of other schools bowl games and missed the Badgers Capital One bowl game.Â That in and of itself is not a big issue other than he is the AD.Â In fairness I tried to get confirmation from people at UW but was told no comment about his not being at the game.Â A simple fact that if he had been there I would think they would have dispelled immediately.