The Wisconsin Badgers won the Big Ten’s West Division in the first season of the conference having two divisions. Although the Badgers went 7-1 in conference play and 11-3 overall, the Badgers’ regular season ended with a bad taste as they were blown out by the eventual champion Ohio State Buckeyes in the Big Ten Championship game, losing 59-0.
Then surprisingly, second-year head coach Gary Andersen stepped down to become the new head coach at Oregon State. Wisconsin played in the Outback Bowl against Auburn under Wisconsin lifer Barry Alvarez, who secured a 34-31 overtime victory to lift the spirits of the program for the time being.
Paul Chryst, formerly the coach of the Pittsburgh Panthers, starts his new campaign with offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph, who also is in his first year with the team. There won’t be as much time to adjust for the new coaches, though, as the Badgers are in this year’s Cowboys Classic against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the very first game of the regular season.
Along with their other out-of-conference and in-conference matchups, below are the most expensive average ticket prices on the secondary market for Wisconsin football games according to TiqIQ.com.
Most Expensive: 9/5/2015 | Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Wisconsin Badgers | AT&T Stadium | Average Price: $376.82 | Get-in Price: $130 | Cowboys Classic
The Crimson Tide will be ranked in the top-five when the season begins, even with major losses. They’ll have a new quarterback in place, as well as having to replace Amari Cooper, Christion Jones, T.J. Yeldon, Landon Collins and other key position players. Wisconsin traditionally has one of the best rushing attacks in the nation, and that probably won’t change if Chryst runs a similar type of offense that he ran in Pittsburgh, which was also heavily run-oriented. Joel Stave will most likely be leading the offense once again, after an inconsistent 2014 had him in and out of the lineup. Wisconsin will find out where it fits on the national scale early on in the season.
The second-ever meeting between these two prestigious football programs is being played at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, AT&T Stadium. There aren’t many chances to watch a game of this magnitude, so make the most of it by using Hipmunk.com to book flights to Dallas, along with the ability to reserve hotels near AT&T Stadium including options starting from $80 a night. Hipmunk currently has four hotel options starting from less than $90.
10/10/2015 | Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Wisconsin Badgers | Memorial Stadium | Average Price: $256.21 | Get-in Price: $97
Wisconsin tickets do not have an average price over $300 aside from the Alabama game. But their next most expensive matchup against Nebraska carries the same weight, as last year’s game was a record-setting day for now-NFL running back Melvin Gordon. Gordon set the FBS rushing record by rumbling for 408 yards and four touchdowns in a 59-24 victory. Nebraska will be itching to get revenge in a game where they were embarrassed last season.
11/21/2015 | Wisconsin Badgers vs. Northwestern Wildcats | Camp Randall Stadium | Average Price: $203.31 | Get-in Price: $41
Wisconsin finally appears on this list as the home team with their most expensive game at Camp Randall Stadium being against the Northwestern Wildcats. In one of the more surprising results of the 2014 Big Ten conference season, Northwestern defeated Wisconsin, 20-14, in Evanston, Illinois even with Gordon rushing for 259 yards on 27 carries. The Wildcats finished in second-to-last in the West Division, with a 5-7 overall record and 3-5 conference record.