Michigan set the trend, now the Wisconsin Badgers will look to take their shot at Alabama. Wisconsin has always been criticized for their light non-conference schedule, and rightfully so the Badgers seem to always play UNLV or Fresno State with a pair of FCS schools in the early going, but now they will look to beef that slate up with the new era of playoff college football about to start.
Athletic director Barry Alvarez has been very vocal about his feelings towards the schools and conference future scheduling. He discussed the possible Alabama game in Mobile, Ala. recently.
“I can’t announce anything, but we’re still talking about playing the game,” Alvarez said about the Crimson Tide. “We haven’t signed anything, but we are in discussion.”
With Alabama set to play a home-and-home against Michigan State in 2016 and 2017, the game between Wisconsin and Alabama will mostly likely be a neutral-site contest, just like this seasons in Arlington, Texas between Michigan and Bama.
This would be a huge move for Wisconsin because of their playing style. The Badgers like to pound the ball and stop the run on defense, and always have a secondary that can compete. Alvarez likes the showcase game idea because it not only helps the Badgers but helps the conference.
He also believes major conferences deserve the right to function separately from the smaller FBS conference.
“I’d like to see a league – SEC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and have your own rules,” he said. “Have rules that you know what the hell they are and that you could actually follow them, and let them have it. You’re making rules to make the have-nots happy. Let the guys who can afford it go do, the guys that are filling those big stadiums – the leagues that have the big TV contracts. Let them go. That’s nothing against those other guys. But you can’t let that group hold the entire group back.”
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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