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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.
Comments

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:36 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

hokie, tcu's AD seems to be doing just fine, probably because he has morals and doesnt break agreements he is already entered into, personally id look down on tcu if they broke their 1-and-1 deal with baylor, simply to stroke the badgers ego and give them a rematch in their place, baylor came to tcu last year, now it is time for tcu to live up to their end of the deal and go to waco, thats the way it works, you said its easy to see why we arent AD's yet you dont understand how scheduling works, or at least morally anyway, yet you only gave 1 reason why it would be beneficial to tcu to even think about swapping, and that is strength of schedule, tell me who was the "strongest" team tcu played last year?  according to conference, and wins, it may just have been BAYLOR, yet tcu still finished 3rd overall, and wouldve played for the title had either auburn or oregon lost, tcu is losing several players on that team, so the likelihood that they would win at wisconsin is slim anyway, so strength of schedule shouldnt be the issue since i dont believe tcu will go undefeated again next season, with or without the badgers, and even if they did, they dont need wisconsin to prove anything, had they have played wisconsin this past season, they still wouldnt have jumped either auburn or oregon, so throw the SOS benfits out the window, because they arent as much as you seem to believe



Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:32 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

It's perfectly ok for most of the sec to play four easy win games then only need to beat the two worse teams in the conference that wont go bowling. 
Ok with you? I would think you would be the first one to complain.



Since: May 2, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:20 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Look up the definition of irony guy.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:18 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Knightfan, you are wrong!

And I looked up your claims.  Tenn went to #17 Syracuse in week one of 1998.  Miami travelled to Penn State in 2001.  USC at FedEx/Virginia Tech in 2004.  LSU at Miss. St in 2007.  Alabama at Georgia Dome/Va Tech in 2009.  I don't know where you got your info but there are several cases of National Champion teams away from home during the opening week.



Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:16 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

You people are so ironic.  It's perfectly ok for most of the sec to play four easy win games then only need to beat the two worse teams in the conference that wont go bowling.  But it is not ok for TCU to do this?  They don't need to play this game as much as Alabama doesn't need to give up a game to schedule Wisconson.  TCU got what they wanted at no cost, an invitation to a BCS conference where they are automatically the best team having the best coach and best recruiting ground.

They have no where near the defensive talent they had last year, why risk losing the first game and ending BCS bowl hopes?



Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:10 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Playing the game @ TCU would cost Wisconsin over $3M in lost home game revenues, so of course they wouldn't want to play there.



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:08 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

I know USC travelled to FedEx field to play Virginia Tech and ten won a NT.  More of a neutral site but they still went completely across the country.  And I may be off but did Texas go to Ohio State the year they won??  They may have been week two.  Also, TCU complains about not playing for a national championship and clearly knows the reason is SOS.  Why turn down a chance to play a predicted very good team?  I just don't want to continue hearing the whining at the end of the season when the chance to boost the schedule is offered!  Boise has done it with Nebraska and now TCU is doing the same.




Since: Feb 12, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:07 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

TCU and Baylor both have openings in week 2, so the Baylor game could be moved.



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:00 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Move the game to TCU and see if Wisconsin is still eager to play.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:58 pm
 

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

In the last 9 years do you know how many BCS national champions went on the road for a non conference game the first game of the season against any team much less a good team? The answer is 0. Of the 18 teams that played for a national championship in the last 9 years only 1 team did, USC went to Hawaii and won by 45 points.


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