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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: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:45 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

I was OK with TCU turning this down until Del Conte says he'd make an exception for Ohio State.  What kind of crap is that?  What is the reason for saying OK to Ohio State but not Wisconsin?  No more crying about a lack of respect when you pull this kind of crap.  Time to come out from behind your mama and act like a man.

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:45 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Who's to say how Baylor or Wisconsin turn out next year? Baylor was ranked 22 at one point last year and if TCU hadn't beat them they would have been higher. TCU could play Wisconsin and Wisconsin could have a dud year and lose to TCU, Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Oregon state and struggle to be bowl eligible. Likely? No. Possible? Certainly. Meanwhile Baylor could be a good team. Look at what happened to Boise State last year. They went on the road and beat a good VT team opening week, VT lost the next game and didn't lose the rest of the season and nobody counted that as a great win for Boise State. VT struggled out of the gate and it took all year to recover. So if TCU beats Wisconsin in the first game of the season and Wisconsin falls off a bit, it isn't going to have the same value as beating a 1 loss top 5 Wisconsin team in January. If they lose the game it's even worse.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:32 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Knightfan, here is where it is not just to the benefit of Wisconsin.  Wisconsin has the schedule in a major conference where an undefeated or even a one-loss season still could land them in the National Championship game.  Beating Baylor would mean nothing to TCU and will most likely land them in the same place.  And to those that say they wouldn't switch the first game with Wisconsin, it's easy to see why you aren't an AD...  College football in today's age would have you jobless in a year with those methods!

Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 4:01 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Of course Wisconsin would be all over this rematch. They are the team with something to prove after losing the game in January, not TCU. It is the ideal situation to face TCU at home in the first game of the year where teams may not have fully gelled yet. In addition, they need to fill that slot with a game anyway. TCU would have to cancel an already scheduled game and go on the road for a loseable game against a top team in the first game of the season without a return visit to TCU by Wisconsin? On top of that TCU just got the upper hand in a hard fought game on a neutral field to prove they were the better team. Go on the road the first game of the year and anything can happen. If anyone doesn't see how this matchup is very attractive to Wisconsin and no so much to TCU they are blind.

Since: Dec 5, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:43 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

tcu get very little money for this game so they have nothing to gain from playing.

I would be willing to bet that a game at Camp Randall would be TCU's biggest payday of the season, INCLUDING their own home games. Coupled with the fact that a win in Wisconsin looks far better than beating Baylor, well, there really isn't a reason NOT to take it.


You think that you can't win.

Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:20 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

alot of people on here so far missed the sentence where it said "tcu already has a week 1 game"  if i was an athletic director, i wouldnt just break a contract with an in-state school just for wisconsin to feel better about their rose bowl loss, thats the first thing i thought when i read that it was a 3rd party that came up with the idea, and not an AD or coach from either schools, a 3rd party that wasnt smart enough to look at next years schedule to see that tcu already has a week 1 game, against another bowl team no less, i know baylor isnt that great of a program but they dont have a bad team right now, so what motivation would tcu have to break off a game with an in-state program just to stroke wisconsins ego and give them an opening week game in their place?  acting like tcu is dodging this game to avoid a potential loss shows a complete lack of knowledge about how college football games are scheduled, go back and ask bilemma if he would break off a week 1 game, with a team that DID agree to a 1-and-1, the year that your obligated to go to their place, just to stroke the ego of the team you just beat in the rose bowl, and have to travel all the way to their place, just for a single game, if he is a half decent coach with morals he wouldnt want to break a deal already in place, nor would he want to waste his programs money or time

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:16 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Lets face it, ALL teams do the same thing in nonconference games. It is not a new tactic or anything. Why do ALL the top tier teams play weak nonconference schedules? They do it so they can avoid the possible upset. It is not just TCU.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:15 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

Gipper10: BUAAAHAHAHAHAAAAA! You mean like maybe ND?? Wait...never mind...they're not in the same UNIVERSE as TCU these days... so that would be a boring beat down... Go drink some green beer idiot.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 3:12 pm

TCU doesn't want a Wisconsin rematch

your a sallies(what ever the hell that s,you tool)they have already kicked the badgers in the mouth.if it where home and home that would be another thing .tcu get very little money for this game so they have nothing to gain from playing.

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:58 pm
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