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Alabama, Wisconsin will play in 2015 Cowboys Classic

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Alabama rolled over Michigan 41-14 in this past season’s edition of the Cowboys Classic. The Tide will get another shot at a Big Ten team in a couple of years.

Per a release, Alabama and Wisconsin will begin the 2015 season in Cowboys Stadium for the annual season-opening game. The Badgers were previously scheduled to play Washington State on that date. A new date for that game has not been announced as of yet.

“As a league we decided that we needed to upgrade our non-conference schedule,” UW athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “We understand that strength of schedule will be a factor in determining which teams earn the right to participate in the new four-team playoff system and we want to be in that mix. There’s no better way to do that than by playing the defending national champions. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play a storied program like Alabama in a terrific venue like Cowboys Stadium. It will be a great experience for our program, our players and our fans.”

The two sides have met just one time before: a 15-0 Wisconsin win in Madison in 1928.

Playing neutral site games at the beginning of the year has become a tradition of sorts for the Tide under coach Nick Saban. Alabama played Clemson (2008) and Virginia Tech (2009) in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta, and will face the Hokies again this season in Atlanta. Alabama also has a 2014 Chick-fil-A game against West Virginia scheduled as well.

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38 Responses to “Alabama, Wisconsin will play in 2015 Cowboys Classic”
  1. necr0philia says: Mar 20, 2013 7:50 PM

    Another Big 10 let down. Tide will be too much for an under achieving team! Not a fan just a realist.

  2. floridacock says: Mar 20, 2013 8:12 PM

    Very brave of the Badgers

  3. sdemp says: Mar 20, 2013 8:12 PM

    At face value, Alabama kicks that azz. . . fast forward to 2015, who knows.

    My money on Alabama. . . being investigated by the NCAA for recruiting violations therefore giving the advantage to Wisconsin.

    Final score 23 – 21.

  4. dcroz says: Mar 20, 2013 8:50 PM

    Saban enjoys these games because not only are they usually the biggest game on opening weekend, but they also take place in the heart of prime recruiting country (Texas and Georgia). That being said, he will play a home-and-home if they are in consecutive seasons, as the Tide has one with Michigan State in 2016 and ’17, and Georgia Tech in 2019 and ’20 (though the latter series has been put off a few times already). If the SEC doesn’t go to a nine-game schedule soon, I hope that the Tide considers adding a second quality non-conference opponent to the schedule for the same reasons Alvarez indicated above.

  5. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 20, 2013 9:56 PM

    sdemp wrote: Mar 20, 2013 8:12 PM

    At face value, Alabama kicks that azz. . . fast forward to 2015, who knows.

    My money on Alabama. . . being investigated by the NCAA for recruiting violations therefore giving the advantage to Wisconsin.

    Final score 23 – 21.


    Very, very weak. Predicting a game’s outcome TWO years in advance on the hope that Bama is under investigation by the NCAA?

  6. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 20, 2013 9:58 PM

    Saban was reported as saying “Badgers?, We don’t need no stinkin’ Badgers!”

  7. badgerbuck says: Mar 20, 2013 10:05 PM

    Two years away but still feel that Alabama kicks their butts

  8. timh1955 says: Mar 20, 2013 10:42 PM

    Alabama needs to move it up a notch or two and play one of the NFL teams to open the season. It would be a better game.

  9. normtide says: Mar 20, 2013 10:59 PM

    It’s football, anything can happen. Looking forward to it, looking forward to this season too.

  10. thefiesty1 says: Mar 20, 2013 11:23 PM

    UW starts the season 0-1. Then cleans up in the B1G.

  11. Deb says: Mar 21, 2013 12:32 AM

    Oh swell … something to inspire more foaming at the keyboard from packerbadger. At this point, I try to skip his posts. Seeing someone spew so much hatred and bigotry toward others over football is depressing. But at least the game should be good :)

  12. noring4youstill says: Mar 21, 2013 9:13 AM

    Jerry wishes his team was as good as Alabama

  13. gamustangdude says: Mar 21, 2013 10:55 AM

    pakerbadger just shat himself

  14. normtide says: Mar 21, 2013 11:02 AM

    As long as we don’t get Alvarez I will be happy. UW hasn’t won anything since he became AD.

  15. packerbadger says: Mar 21, 2013 11:12 AM

    Wisconsin will have waaay more fans than Alabama and will show you guys a lesson or two in tailgaiting. You’ll be able to tell the Wisconsin fans from the Alabama fans as they will speak in coherent sentences instead of the grunts, clicks and whistles from the Alabama fans. Also, the the couples from Wisconsin will NOT be related to each other unlike the Alabama fans.

    Sorry nortide, Wisconsin has won national hockey championships, soccer and others. We have one of the best all around sports programs in the country instead of just one sport. Also, our graduates from Wisconsin athletics can actually read and write unlike you guys.

  16. normtide says: Mar 21, 2013 11:32 AM

    You think UW fans travel better then Bama fans? Your funny. You will know the Wisconsin women from their brot sized fingers and eight layers of sun tan lotion. The Bama fans will be the ones talking about championships. I know many from Wisconsin, I do some business there. Happy to see none are like you. Ofc, it is likely you are just tough on the internet.

    Hockey? The university of Alabama-Huntsville has a national title in hockey. Hockey is like bingo, no talent needed, it just comes down to luck. I have seen three NHL playoff, I know it’s true.

    I do like your jealousy though. Your posts are draped in it. Maybe you should go back to bashing ‘fibs’. Because Bama athletics are far beyond badger’s.

  17. packerbadger says: Mar 21, 2013 11:48 AM

    Um, yes norm, Wisconsin is the best traveling fan base out there. Why do you think every bowl tries to get them? Its BRAT….you should try them; they’re good for you. Huntsville?!?! LMAO! More skills and dexterity required in hockey than football by far. No, Bama athletics aren’t overall as good as Wisconsin’s. How Bama doing in this years NCAA Basketball tourney? Don’t know, I’ll tell you. They didn’t make it! Wisconsin has already beat Bama in football. Being from Wisconsin, I can talk about Super Bowl championships and more NFL championships than any other team.

    We have many HAWT women from Wis. Some may be a tad overweight; but they have a full set of 23 matching chromosomes. Doesn the Alabama school song go something like this?

    Wellll my father is my Uncle Joe
    And my mother is my dear Aunt Flo
    That is why its plain to see
    My first cousin is ME! 😀

  18. madtownthrowdown says: Mar 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    Norm dont let him bait you into conversation. I’m from Wisconsin and this guy annoys me as much as the chatter from DEB.

  19. normtide says: Mar 21, 2013 11:59 AM

    Hockey is pure luck. A bunch of figure skaters chasing a puck. It’s soccer for people who live without the sun. Want to talk about people with no teeth? Watch hockey. Yes, I have seen Wisconsin women, thank God for all those clothes they wear.

  20. normtide says: Mar 21, 2013 12:04 PM

    Hey madtown, how you been? Nothing wrong with some good ribbing. Know plenty great people from Wisconsin. Eat some weird soupy fish dish there, but everything else is great every trip I have made their.

  21. madtownthrowdown says: Mar 21, 2013 12:09 PM

    Weird soupy fish dish? Who the heck you hanging out with? Unless the fish is deep fried stay away from it in Wisconsin.

  22. packerbadger says: Mar 21, 2013 12:16 PM

    Ribs are good! Esp at Fat Jacks! Walley and yellow perch are the best fish in Wisc. Yes, best to deep fry them. Beer is good too! Esp from Capitol Brew and Sprecher! Yum!
    Yes, people in hockey have fewer teeth, but they earned them that way; they weren’t born with them that way! 😉

  23. normtide says: Mar 21, 2013 12:17 PM

    They told me it was an old Viking dish. My ancestors came from Scandinavia, so I was all in. Bad move. It was grey, like gruel.

    If you want some deep fried fish, come visit me. You have an open invitation for supper.

  24. Deb says: Mar 21, 2013 12:41 PM

    @madtownthrowdown …

    Interesting how someone who finds me annoying would shout my name in all-caps so I can’t miss it. At least I chatter something other than a steady stream of bigotry that’s supposed to pass for smacktalk. But the fish conversation is a welcome diversion. If you wander South, fish in stew form is mighty tasty in Charleston and New Orleans (as is everything else). The fried variety is mm-mm good everywhere. Whatever else people want to say about the South, the food is great.

  25. packerbadger says: Mar 21, 2013 2:06 PM

    That Scandinavian fish dish was probably Lutefisk. I know a lot of Scandinavians there and not too many of them eat it. Glad you survived it though. Next time, try the lake perch or walleye…..and you can never, ever go wrong with a good ol’ brat! Yum!

  26. normtide says: Mar 21, 2013 3:23 PM

    Maybe lutefisk. Tbh, the thought went through my mind that maybe they were pulling a joke on the southern gent. But, now I see why the Vikings was so mean and looking to go somewhere. Have been eating brats for years.

  27. metalhead65 says: Mar 21, 2013 3:51 PM

    as a big ten fan I have only one thing to say about this game, ROLL TIDE! and by roll I mean run the score up as much as you can on these arrogant pricks. see how they like being humiliated for a change. keep those starters in the game until the middle of the 4th quarter when you are up by 30 or more. go for the 2 point conversion with 5 min. left in the game because you never know they might actually score late in the game and you would only win by only 4 td’s.I will root for any big 10 school out of conference except for these jerks.

  28. packerbadger says: Mar 21, 2013 5:44 PM

    Hey headofmetal! Um….you do know that was Bulemia that did that….and he went to the SEC (Somewhat Educated Conference). That means he’s not at Wisconsin anymore. We didn’t like him there either. He’s where he belongs now. Now, take your lithium and go take a nap.

  29. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 21, 2013 8:01 PM

    I would heartily recommend that you DO not even think of tailgating in late August or early September in North Texas afternoons. The weather is Hot and Hotter. I love tailgating, particularly at Camp Randall. Jerry World in late August is particularly unkind to those fine people from Wisconsin. Think the reverse of Texans going to a Packer game in shorts and a tee shirt on an Ice Bowl day. It ain’t pretty.

    I’m glad to see Bama play Wisconsin or any BCS team in an opener.It presents a benchmark as to how the team is going to adjust to a new season. Michigan went into last season’s opener a ranked team and ended up not having a clue against Alabama.

    I can wait for football because that A&M is scaring the crap out of me.

  30. bralinshan says: Mar 22, 2013 12:12 AM

    How many Rose Bowls have the Badgers lost in a row? 7? 17? I lost track…

    It must suck to travel so well just to see that ass smacked so regular. My guess is you BadgerPackers just want to get the hell out of the frozen tundra…even if it means watching that ass get more smacking.

    Jerry must have bribed those Badgers pretty good to sign up for the dismantling their going to get in 2015. Barry Alvarez probably figured that he’s gonna get his ass smacked down anyway, might as well get paid right.

    Watching that big, strong, fast, and athletic team in Bama….play those slow boys in concrete shoes…damn, it’s almost a shame.

    Maybe you great traveling Badgers will tailgate as good as ND fans down in Miami. Those ND fans were high as a kite in pre-game and that lasted until 12:45 left in the first quarter.

    Nobody smacks that Big 10 ass like Alabama. Come on down to Dallas, show your tailgating skills. And then watch your ass get smacked with the belt.

  31. packerbadger says: Mar 22, 2013 9:52 AM

    Bralinshan, you really aren’t the sharpest spoon in the drawer, are you? The fact that Wisconsin has been to the Rose Bowl numerous times is a statement to the fact that they do indeed have a great football program. They’ve won it three times btw. They got to play Alabama because Wisconsin arguably has the best traveling fan base in all of college sports. Our fans go to national hockey championships, NCAA basketball tourney’s (Neither of which Alabama has), and many others. Our university is much larger than yours and a bleep of a lot harder to get into because your academics suck compared to Wisconsin’s and the rest of the Big 10. The only time Wisconsin and Alabama have played, Wisconsin won. Our players actually have to take courses where they go to class unlike yours. Like I’ve said previously; Green Bay Packers vs Alabama would be a more fair matchup. Neither go to school and both get paid. We’re quite fond of the Frozen Tundra and is legendary in pro football. I guess its better than the swamp wasteland down there.

  32. mvp43 says: Mar 22, 2013 10:10 AM

    I’m sure that 15-0 loss in 1928 still stings.

    As much as I’d love to see Bucky win this game….my money on the Tide.

  33. packerbadger says: Mar 22, 2013 12:05 PM

    It will give the new coach a few yrs to get the team the way he wants it. Yeah, I’m sure Alabama would win, but you never know. I wish Alabama would have played Wisconsin two yrs ago when Wisconsin had a really good team. The Wisconsin fans will definitely outplay the Bama fans for sure! 😉 Oh, Wisconsin won the NCAA Basketball tourney in 1941 too!

  34. normtide says: Mar 22, 2013 12:43 PM

    If UW fans were so great, they would demand a decent football team. I don’t count dancing to Irish rappers as great fandom.

    1941 you say? 70 years since your last major championship. Sounds like your fan base is pretty idle, or at least unfulfilled. I guess I will give them credit, pulling for a team that hasn’t win anything since WWII.

    Oh, and nice HC hire. Everyone was after Anderson, and by everyone I mean no one. Then again, who else would work for peanuts. Didn’t he already lose an assistant? I can tell your program is driven by a large fan base…

  35. normtide says: Mar 22, 2013 2:52 PM

    Ouch, did an SEC team just bounce mighty UW in the first round? 1941 just got a little further away.

  36. packerbadger says: Mar 25, 2013 8:30 AM

    Hey norm, how’s Alabama doing in the tourney? Wisconsin still has a team in it…Marquette. Big ten still has 4 teams. Hows that compared to SEC? Ouch!

    Btw, Wisconsin does have a great football program. We also have excellent academics, unlike SEC schools. We also have many other top notch athletic programs; unlike most SEC schools.

  37. normtide says: Mar 25, 2013 12:45 PM

    UW has a great football program? Who told you that? Your best coach ever just RAN, to Arkansas. Maybe its great by B1G standards, but that is not saying much. Actually, your probably the 6th best football program in the B1G. That says everything you need to know.

    Lets compare, the SEC has three b-ball titles since three B1G won one. Two baseball titles, has the B1G ever won one? Gymnastics, swimming, golf. In fact, your only good sport, hockey, is a sport no one else plays. And, lets don’t even discuss track and field.

    Academics is your crutch, on a sports blog. Then again, I would prefer a degree from vandy over any B1G school. But hey, glut that banner. Have you ever seen revenge of the nerds?

  38. packerbadger says: Mar 25, 2013 2:12 PM

    Um, norm, Bulemia was kind of chased out as well….nobody there could stand him. Yes, when you are in the top 15 or higher for the last twenty yrs, thats a good football program. Wisconsin has won more games than any other Big 10 team. Our conference is solid top to bottom in all sports with the exception of Northwestern and maybe Indiana. You have a few schools that excell in a sport or two, but thats it. If the students at the SEC had to do the same acadamia as the Big 10, you guys would be in a world of hurt. Yeah, Vandy over Northwestern or Wisconsin. You make me LOL! Oh, I guess you never heard of Barry Alvarez….coach of the year…

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