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TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:27 am
Posted by Tom Fornelli

TCU put a nice bow on their undefeated season with a victory over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl, but it seems that one victory over the Badgers is enough for the Horned Frogs for now. Apparently UNLV wants out of its season-opening date with Wisconsin on September 3rd, and an unknown third-party then contacted both Wisconsin and TCU with the prospect of the two schools kicking off 2011 against one another.

It was a matchup that Bret Bielema was all to eager to rekindle.

"I was contacted a week and half after the bowl game about the opportunity to play TCU in our opener," Bielema told The Big 1070 in Madison. "It was something that was going to be broadcast and made a big deal, it took me all of about point five seconds to say yes."

Unfortunately for Bielema and the Badgers, TCU wasn't as excited about the idea. Though not because they feared playing Wisconsin. TCU AD Chris Del Conte confirmed that he was contacted about the rematch as well, but turned it down since there would be only one game and it would be played at Wisconsin.

"We already have Baylor for our opening game," Del Conte said. "A team supposedly Wisconsin played last year doesn't want to go back there. A third party was shopping the game around to other teams. I have no interest in playing a one-[time] game."

Considering that TCU has already had its game against Boise State moved to Boise, I can understand why it wouldn't want to add a trip to Wisconsin to its schedule. Those would be two incredibly tough games to start and finish your season with, and if TCU can't get consideration for a national title when it goes undefeated, it isn't going to a BCS game with two losses either.

Though Del Conte did say that he'd make an exception for Ohio State. Seems he's still a bit sore about E. Gordon Gee's "Little Sisters of the Poor" comment.

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:56 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Wisco would turn down TCU if the game wasn't to be played in Wisky. TCU knows that it has lost a few key players and wants the best chance possible to still manage to contend for the conference title. They already proved their worth. This type of game-declining happens everywhere, but the potential matchup being turned down is being inflated by the media in an attempt to make TCU look bad. We all know what a joke the BCS media already is.

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:48 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:43 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Husker, because its the season opener for both teams, and its not Home and home, why not a neutral site game half way between the two schools, there are risks for both schools! they both get a national TV game, because they were a top five teams a year ago

Great call jngkat,  this is just what I was going to suggest.  A quality neutral site and St. Louis would be a perfect site for it.  Everyone want big cross conference games this would be a good one.  TCU needs to think before shutting this idea down.  Turning down this opportunity will only look bad on TCU's aguements to get into better bowl games later.  This game would be a huge money maker, with big time TV coverage, on opening week for both schools.  With the rematch from the Rose Bowl and cross conference play frome the school that said "we will play anyone, anywhere" (might not bean exact quote, but close enough), what more could two schools ask for, especially one who is trying to proove they can hang with the "big boys".

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:36 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

The issues are two-fold. One, a third-party did the approaching. Neither school actually talked to one another. Then secondly, there was no agreement on a home and home. TCU has gained enough respect to garner a home and home agreement, especially with a team they soundly beat in the Rose Bowl.

Obviously you did not watch the game.  I don't know how you think they beat them soundly?  Second, there was never a discussion of a home and home series.  Wisconsin lost a game and needed to fill a spot.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:23 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Slow down TCU fans, why bash Wisconsin for not playing a one and one?  Both teams were approached about a one game meeting and TCU declined.  I can't get over how teams like TCU and Boise State complain about not getting a shot at a National Title but turn down games like this.  Ok, so you have Baylor to open the season but going undefeated and beating Wisconsin at home would be tough to overlook.  Until you actually take on all comers, don't complain!  And also, can you please tell me the benefit of Wisconsin going to your tiny stadium?  I am willing to bet you couldn't return the money Wisconsin could provide for you.

Since: Oct 1, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:21 pm

You better not complain Later

They better not complain later when they are not in the title game. Bock Bock, chickens.

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:10 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

IDbowhunter: This is an interesting rant and not that it matters becuase BSU fans are in a class of thier own, but here are some thoughts that came to mind.

Boise has been playing tougher games and winning longer than TCU has. 

First, almost everyone would agree that football in the MWC is tougher than in the WAC. I'm sure you have seen the comparisons, so there is no reason for it to be rehashed.

Now that TCU is finally getting their deserved recognition, they get to see what's it like trying to fight for respect. 

They don't need to. They have played in what is considered a tougher conference, they beat a Wisconsin team that usually wins thier bowl games, plus they have that label BCS conference member that gives them automatic luster. Granted that doesn't start until 2012, but they still have that title in the future.

They should have learned from Boise's mistakes and jumped all over this game. 

Again, I don't think they need to worry about big name teams coming to them for a game, plus its not like Wisconsin and TCU were talking AD to AD.

As previously mentioned, even if they do lose it's @ Wisconsin so it's not a horrible loss, and they have Boise at the end of the season to make up for it. 

No offense, but I would dare say that a win over the Badgers is more benficial than a win over the Broncos. Think of it along these lines. BSU went and beat Virginia Tech, but than they couldn't even beat Nevada. For TCU to garner more respect they would have to beat both Wisconsin and Boise to not be looked down upon.

This is a rebuilding year for TCU and they don't stand a chance against Boise, let alone Wisconsin. 

This is why you BSU fans have a negative reputation. You automatically assume that TCU doesn't have a chance against the all hallowed Broncos. Just to let your know, the remaining teams in the MWC respect you as an opponent, but that is it. 

Winning the BE doesn't guarantee championships, it just guarantees that undeserving teams have a chance to make it to a BCS bowl game. 

Are you saying that TCU is undeserving of a BCS game? TCU has already set the foundation for a run at the national title in the Big East with this year's results. But everyone's dream is to make the BCS and win it, which is a lot more likely in the Big East than it is in the WAC.

Beating Wisconsin in a bowl game doesn't qualify you to start making demands with the "big boys". 

Remember the difference in the teams TCU and Boise beat. Nothing taken away from Boise by me, but the national perception is what matters.

Who the hell is TCU?
They are a team that has the history, which for whatever reason matters to people, they play in a tougher conference than Boise, they beat a more sound bowl team, and they are moving to a BCS conference. All of which matters in the eyes of those with power.

Take it for what its worth, but there seems to be more complaining that you feel Boise has been disrespected, rather than about the subject.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:00 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Of course TCU would be willing to play OSU in the beginning of the season.... Five of OSU's best players will be suspended!  Who wouldn't want to play them.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:00 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Since TCU is in a BCS (Big East) conference starting 2012 they don't have to worry about strength of schedule as much.  I'm a Notre Dame fan and they do have to worry about strength of schedule as an independant, their SoS was ranked 27th this last season but it should be a top 10 schedule the next few years as they added Texas / Oklahoma and Miami to the schedule.
Check out ND's 2012 schedule:
Michigan State
Miami (FL)
Oklahoma (Also in 2013 / Texas in 2014)
Boston College
Southern Cal

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 1:58 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

TCU knows they would be crushed at Wisconsin, especially without Dalton, so this is no surprise. They want to play more panty-waist teams to build up their chance at another BCS payoff. This is all about $$, and the "we'll play anyone, anytime" mantra was just a bunch of hot air. And to say they would eagerly take on Ohio State is crap too, again that's just blustery words knowing it would never happen anyway.

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