QUICK HIT: Big(11)Ten Matchups
On Saturday among comparable Big(11)Ten conference programs, Iowa played Arizona, Minnesota played Cal, Michigan State played at Notre Dame, and Wisconsin played………Wofford? As they used to ask musically on Sesame Street: “Which of these things is not like the others……?” If Badger fans are going to be expected at considerable expense to watch mediocre football, at least provide them with a respectable opponent. Since it was the first game of the last 42 in Madison that failed to sell out, many others must feel the same way.
I’m not naive to the financial concerns of the UW Athletic Department and I understand in a pragmatic sense why such games are scheduled. But if attendance drops substantially at Camp Randall (a very real possibility given the current state of the economy), the purpose of such scheduling becomes self-defeating at the expense of the program’s reputation.