In recent years, the Wisconsin Badgers football program has been ridiculed for playing a soft non-conference schedule. The 2014 season changes that, sort of. The Badgers host three non-conference games–Western Illinois, Bowling Green and South Florida–but it’s the very first game in a “neutral” site that has created the most buzz of the entire schedule.
That game is against the LSU Tigers as part of the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff and will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX. Kickoff is set for 8:00 P.M. CT and will be televised on ESPN.
Ever since this pair of neutral site games have been announced (Wisconsin and LSU will play at Lambeau Field in 2016), this first one has been circled on many Badger fans calendars. Usually a tilt against Michigan or Ohio State or Michigan State is a game that many look forward to. But with conference realignment starting this season, Wisconsin does not play the “Big 3” this year.
Which makes the opening game against the Tigers on the opening weekend of the college football season such a premier game.
Outside of bowl games and conference showdowns, this is the biggest opponent Wisconsin has faced in a long time. And going up against one of the toughest SEC teams will be no vacation in Texas that’s for sure. Head coach Gary Andersen will have to make sure his team is up for the challenge.
And that in itself is a challenge, as Andersen has a few questions on offense and defense that need to be answered. One of the biggest questions is whether Joel Stave or Tanner McEvoy will be the one under center.
It will be interesting to see what the “Mad Hatter” Les Miles and the Tigers have in store for Andersen’s Badgers. Too bad we have to wait about four months to find out.