Over the weekend, Badger fans discovered their team was attempting to bring LSU to Lambeau Field for a neutral-site nonconference blockbuster. But for Tiger fans excited about the possibility of seeing their team play in one of the most hallowed football stadiums in the country, it wasn't immediately clear how much interest LSU might reciprocate in such a matchup.
The answer, delivered by LSU athletic director Joe Alleva to the New Orleans Times-Picayune on Tuesday: not enough interest just yet.
"The novelty of playing at Lambeau is great, but there's a whole lot of things to weigh," Alleva said. "The financial things. We'll see."
Not surprisingly, Alleva's comments indicated that though the Tigers were in "the preliminary stages of talking" to the Badgers about such a game, things might not get very far if the Lambeau matchup is simply a one-off. He said the schools had discussed a possible neutral-site series, with the Badgers playing host in Green Bay and the Tigers playing host in Houston.
"The biggest thing to consider is the value of playing a game that far away versus the value of playing a game in Tiger Stadium," Alleva said. "That's what it comes down to."
He added that he did expect a potential game at Lambeau to be a positive selling point on the recruiting trail, and polls surveyed by the Times-Picayune show strong support for the game from both Tiger and Badger fans.
Whatever the pros and cons of the game on LSU's part, however, a decision might be rendered moot if the SEC elects to move to a nine-game schedule. Though the Tigers have made a habit in recent years of scheduling at least one major nonconference game (and sometimes two, as when they played Oregon in Cowboys Stadium and West Virginia in Morgantown in 2011), a nine-game SEC slate in the brutal SEC West could quickly change their thinking.
The bottom line is that the matchup continues to appear somewhat unlikely. But if the Badgers are willing to "talk" about making the trip to Houston in exchange for the Tigers visiting Wisconsin, it's far more likely than it might have seemed to be at first.