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Thu, September 3, 2015

Badgers deserve credit for scheduling Alabama

Even the most casual Badger fan is aware of the tall order facing Wisconsin's football program this Saturday night. Paul Chryst's squad travels to Arlington, Texas for a date with Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide -- winners of three national championships since 2009 and the unquestioned best FBS program over the last six years. While this game has the makings of a 'Bama beat-down for a variety of reasons, including Wisconsin's difficulty with injury this off-season, we should note that Barry Alvarez and the department deserve praise for having the guts to schedule such a game. When this contract was struck over two years ago, the Badgers were hopeful they'd be in a better place at this point in time. Gary Andersen was a fresh new face and fans were hopeful he might be able to achieve what Bret Bielema could not -- mainly get to and WIN a big game. Unfortunately, things didn't pan out the way they had hoped and while Wisconsin is by no means "down," they likely aren't in position to take down a perennial giant like Alabama. That said, Wisconsin is taking the correct approach in viewing this as an opportunity, and who knows ... maybe Paul Chryst has a little of that magic that made fans fall in love with him as offensive coordinator just three years ago. On Wisconsin!

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