In a report over the weekend from the Wisconsin State Journal regarding Wisconsin’s efforts to beef-up its out-of-conference schedule, UW athletic director Barry Alvarez acknowledged that, as part of that effort, that there had been conversations with Alabama about a future game or games.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that initially the two teams were trying to broker a deal in which they would play at a neutral site, similar to Alabama’s game this season at Dallas Cowboys Stadium against another Big Ten school, Michigan. However, the neutral site game was shot down. This prompted Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema to counter with a home-and-home series between the two teams.
According to the paper, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide declined.
The Tide has future home-and-homes/one-offs scheduled against Virginia Tech (2013), West Virginia (2014), Michigan State (2016 and 2017) and Georgia Tech (2019 and 2020).
With the belief that the future college football playoffs will be determined, in part, by strength of schedule Wisconsin athlete director Barry Alvarez mentions “if you want to be a player” in the revamped hunt for a national championship, “then you really have to consider” changing the way schools fill their future schedules.
However, Alvarez also believes because of the overall strength of the Big-10, whoever wins the conference should be in great shape to be in the top four. “If we take care of our business in our league, we’ll be where we need to be,” he said. “You go undefeated in our league, you’re going to be in the top four in the country. You win our league championship, you’re going to be in the top four.”
Some fans are prone to argue that teams of the SEC are afraid to beef up their out of conference schedule. However, despite no reason being listed, it would seem that Alabama will not play Wisconsin because of the number of harder out of conference games they play in the future.
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