The Badgers are pretty much at the point where they are going to have high expectations every season -- especially when they have a Heisman Trophy favorite coming back.
But does Wisconsin deserve to have the highest rating in EA Sports NCAA Football 13?
The game has the Badgers tied with LSU, Oregon, Texas and USC with an overall team rating of 99 -- the max rating.
Now, the overall ratings are based on the cumulative player ratings -- we'll get into those in a moment -- but it's hard to believe the Badgers should be among the highest rated teams considering they lost the best quarterback in program history in Russell Wilson. That's something that should be obvious to EA Sports considering they couldn't even figure out Wisconsin's quarterback situation (Jon Budmayr has an 87 rating, while Danny O'Brien -- we're assuming that's who No. 7 is -- earned just a 71 rating).
But again, the overall ratings are done by adding up the player rankings and there are a number of players who rank highly for Wisconsin:
RB Montee Ball - 98
LB Chris Borland - 94
C Travis Frederick - 93
LT Ricky Wagner - 93
TE Jacob Pedersen- 93
WR Jared Abbrederis - 91
RB James White - 91
LB Mike Taylor - 89
RT Rob Havenstein - 89
G Casey Dehn - 89
LB Derek Landisch - 88
G Ryan Groy - 88
P Drew Meyer - 87
It's hard to say Ball is overrated after what he did last season and he deservedly is tied with USC QB Matt Barkley and Notre Dame LB Manti Teo for the highest rating in the game.
I also don't have any issue with where Borland, Frederick and Wagner are. It is, however, easy to argue that Pedersen and White are little high -- especially considering White's quiet season last year.
But the last five guys all seem too high. I don't doubt their talent at all, but most of them are unproven. Havenstein has the most experience and should be the highest rated of the final five, but Landisch and Meyer are basically untested, while Dehn left the team last season and came back. Meanwhile, Groy showed inconsistencies last season.
Again, I think all five of those players will be good assets to the Badgers this season, but have they proven enough already to be rated in the high 80s?
The cumulative effect was the Badgers earning a 99 as a team, which seems a little high. What do you think?
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