Kansas State plays a similar style of football to Wisconsin, at least when you think of what Wisconsin traditionally has been.
The Badgers did hire a pass-happy offensive coordinator in Phil Longo, but Wisconsin’s offense struggled this season. That was due in large part to the injury to Braelon Allen.
Last week, Allen looked pretty good in the win over Minnesota. You wonder if he would leave for the NFL, or if he tries to come back and improve his NFL draft stock.
Regardless, the Badgers always seem to find talented running backs. We’ll see if that continues under Luke Fickell, but the biggest issue for Wisconsin going into next season is the quarterback position.
Tanner Mordecai will be done. Nick Evers transferred from Oklahoma last offseason and could be an option for the Badgers, but you want a proven starting quarterback if you can find one and Will Howard certainly meets that need.
Howard would also give Wisconsin something it hasn’t had maybe since the days of Russell Wilson and that’s a quarterback who can hurt you with his arm and his legs.
Mordecai showed some of those skills, but Will Howard could really elevate this offense, especially if Allen sticks around too, which he might if Wisconsin gets a worthwhile quarterback.