College football fans get a rare treat on September 4 when the Alabama Crimson Tide take on the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium. The neutral field showdown pits two powerhouses from the Big 10 and SEC opposite one another, as both teams start their plights to lock down a spot in the 2015 College Football Playoff. This is the season opener for both schools, and with so much on the line, fans are sure to get a nasty battle that has the potential to go down to the wire.
Rarity is the understatement of the century when it comes to this highly anticipated matchup, as these two NCAA football giants face off for the first time since 1928. Little will stem from a battle that came nearly 90 years ago, so both teams will enter this matchup knowing very little about each other. That could give the Badgers the slight edge they need, as they try to get their powerful running game going and attempt to limit Alabamaâ€™s offense.
Criticized in the past for not playing an elite non-conference schedule, the Badgers manned up for 2015, as they take on one of the top teams in the country. Alabama receives no slouch here, either, as Wisconsin has appeared in 13 straight bowl games and has also managed to record 11 wins in three of the last five years.
As rare and hyped as this battle is, fans from both sides look to get a mild bargain for this double-season opener, as Badgers vs. Crimson Tide tickets average out at $277.02 for this highly anticipated affair ($90 for the cheap seats). Alabama fans can see the discount right away, as this matchup is roughly half the price of a huge October 3 clash with the Georgia Bulldogs ($541.83), which happens to be the Nick Saban-led crewâ€™s most expensive game of the year. Badgers tickets on TiqIQ represent the real value, as Wisconsin fans have to pay up for this once-in-a-lifetime clash, but only have to shell out more than $137 for just one other encounter all year (October 10 against Nebraska). For those wanting to view the action from the comfort of their own home, all games can be caught with DISH Network Sports packages, which include the SEC Network and ESPN Game Plan, which gives fans access to all the big games like this inter-conference affair.
The value is easy to see, and for many, so is the victor. The Badgers shouldnâ€™t be completely written off, though, as remember, they were a strong 11-3 a year ago. Not only that, they finished in first in the B1G West and beat Auburn, 34-31, in overtime in the Outback Bowl. That, combined with Wisconsinâ€™s narrow 28-24 loss to LSU in week one of last year, clearly illustrates that the Badgers can match anything the vaunted SEC sends their way. Taking down the mighty Crimson Tide might be a lot to ask, but the Badgers should be up to the task and make this one of the must-watch games within the early portion of the 2015 college football season.