Last Saturday, the Wisconsin Badgers took on the No. 19 Northwestern Wildcats in what was one of the biggest games of the year for both teams. The Badgers man-handled the Wildcats in Madison on homecoming in what could have been a season-saving game.
Camp Randall was rocking to no one’s surprise since the 80,000 rabid fans always have a good time in Madison. This performance was not just for the fans as the Badgers put on a show for a medley of high-profile recruits as well.
Among the many recruits who were on official visits, were coveted out-of-state 2014 prospects 5-Star OG Damien Mama, 5-Star RB Joe Mixon, 4-Star WR Jamil Kamara and 4-Star CB John Plattenburg. It is rumored that Mama and Mixon want to sign to the same school and their visit to Wisconsin is the only visit taken together so far. This was arguably the biggest recruiting weekend in Wisconsin football history and the Badgers did not disappoint. The recruits got to be on the sideline for a homecoming win over a ranked opponent with multiple big plays and a dominating defense. Not to mention the recruiting chip that is Wisconsin’s home crowd and their impressive dances, songs, and the nationally-renowned “Jump Around.” Kamara walked away from the game with the Badgers on top of his list referring to the visit as great and Plattenburg referred to the trip as awesome. It seemed as though all of them were having fun posing for pictures decked-out in Wisconsin gear.
“The crowd was chanting at me like crazy,”
Mixon said, who recently declared Oklahoma as the team to beat for him to sign with. That was before his official visit to Madison though.
The impact of this game may have not only saved this season for the Badgers but could have a monumental impact on the future of Wisconsin football if these high-profile recruits choose to come to Madison next fall as a result of this game. Imagine if some or most of these huge recruits join Wisconsin’s already strong 2014 class in anticipation of upcoming non-conference games with LSU, Alabama and then LSU again from 2014-2017. There were also multiple top-recruits for the 2015 class at Camp Randall, too. The Badgers may have gambled in bringing in so many high-profile recruits for one game but it seems to have paid off as the many recruits got to witness a dominant victory not many predicted.
Wisconsin football has been a consistent power for over 20 years thanks to the godfather, Alvarez, but this game could be the beginning of the Badgers becoming legitimate national championship contenders year-in and year-out.
The new playoffs are coming next season. New coach Gary Andersen is getting his system in place and the Badgers’ future non-conference schedule is as respected as anyone’s in the country. The non-conference schedule must be strong to be invited to the four-team playoff. The pieces are in place, Badger fans, it is time to buckle up for what could be an amazing ride.