Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has led the No. 4 Badgers to a 6-0 record coming into this weekend's showdown with No. 15 Michigan State. He has the country's best quarterback rating. He's a serious Heisman Trophy contender (Wisconsin's athletic department calls his campaign "RussellManiaXVI" after his jersey number). Last weekend, he even caught a touchdown pass.
As any seasoned college-football fan knows, the ability to enjoy this sport often requires the parallel ability to endure the occasional glimpse at its unsavory side—the predatory recruiting, the salaries of the coaches, the occasional NCAA rules violation. There are always inconvenient details to brush aside, judgments to suspend and ethical gymnastics to perform.