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July 25, 2012BYU fans have been waiting for good scheduling news from Tom Holmoe and staff, today they got the official word. BYU vs Wisconsin in November 2013. The rumor about BYU and Wisconsin trying to schedule a game has been going around for about a year now.
Right now BYU is scheduled to visit Wisconsin on Nov. 9, 2013 with no return dates yet scheduled. What also gives BYU fans excitement is Coach Bielema's response in regards to future dates "I'm very excited because hopefully it's something that will continue to grow from here."
We caught up with John Veldhuis who is a publisher with badgerblitz.com and part of the Rivals family. We asked a few questions that CougarNation would probably like to know.
What are Wisconsin fans feeling about scheduling a H and H with BYU?
I think for the most part the fan reception has been pretty positive. The Badgers have been scheduling "cupcake" non-conference games for a long time now, so it's got to be refreshing to see them make an effort to boost their strength of schedule. There are a few pockets of fans who are disappointed that it's "only" BYU, since the Badgers were apparently in discussions with Alabama for a home-and-home, but I think they're underestimating the Cougars. BYU and the Badgers have been pretty comparable in terms of winning percentage over the last few years, so I think this should be a great home-and-home series for both teams.
Do you see other B1G teams trying to add tougher non conference game in the future due to the new playoff format?
Yeah I'm expecting teams to toughen up their schedules, since it's going to be a part of which teams get picked for the new four-team playoff. The Big Ten is regarded as being a weaker conference than the SEC or the Big 12, or sometimes even the Pac-12, so they'll need to do whatever they can to prove that they belong in the playoff every year. They can improve their stature by scheduling good non-conference games, but they'll also need to win more than their fair share to get more than just credit for trying.
What can BYU fans expect and should watch for when traveling to Wisconsin?
BYU fans are in for a treat when they come to Madison. The city is beautiful, and the game-day atmosphere is superb. Expect a lot of people to be having more than their fair share of brats and beer. I'd say that the vast majority of Wisconsin fans are good-natured hosts, so don't be surprised if people invite you to their tailgates as you're walking by. Expect some good-natured ribbing, but it's hard to go into Madison on a game day and not have a good time, even if you're going to watch the opposing team.