Michigan football team won't see another Wisconsin QB transfer, Danny O'Brien
There was some jumbling of the football schedules when Nebraska was added to the Big Ten before last season. Some rivalries, such as Michigan vs. Ohio State, were preserved.
Others, inevitably, fell apart. The Wolverines' spirited series with Wisconsin was among them, after the league powers were placed in separate divisions. They aren't scheduled to face each other for at least a four-year span.
That's turning out to be not such a bad deal for Michigan.
The Badgers added a commitment Wednesday from highly regarded quarterback Danny O'Brien, who played at Maryland the past two years. He has two years of eligibility remaining, and can play right away because he graduated in three years.
O'Brien instantly becomes one of the Big Ten's top quarterbacks.
He also addresses the biggest weakness for Wisconsin, which was the favorite to repeat as Leaders Division champion without him. With him, that's certainly the case.
O'Brien is the second quarterback in as many years to transfer to Wisconsin, following Russell Wilson's path to Madison. The former North Carolina State star guided the Badgers to a Big Ten title and Rose Bowl berth in his one season there.
The Wolverines, meantime, didn't have to face the league champs last year en route to an 11-2 regular season. That gave them a big advantage over divisional rival Michigan State, which played the Badgers twice.
The Spartans' loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game helped Michigan leapfrog them for BCS considerations, despite a loss in East Lansing.
The Wolverines won't face Wisconsin for at least the next three seasons, either. Schedules for beyond 2014 have yet to be released.
Of course, they could face each other if both advance to the Big Ten championship game. And Michigan's path to that game is certainly more manageable without the Badgers, and their new quarterback, on the slate.