The Alabama Crimson Tide is starting to make a tradition out of scheduling some top-tier opponents for season openers. Apparently, when you win national championships at a high rate, you want to continue to prove you are the best program in college football.
According to a release from Alabama via Alex Scarborough of ESPN, the Crimson Tide will play the Wisconsin Badgers to kick off the 2015 season.
Alabama will open the 2015 season against Wisconsin in Cowboys Stadium, per UA.— Alex Scarborough (@AlexS_ESPN) March 20, 2013
The game will be the second meeting between the schools. Wisconsin won the previous meeting 15-0 in 1928.
This is once again a big-time opening matchup that will feature Nick Saban and his players. Last season, it was the over-hyped meeting against Michigan. This year, Alabama will open against Virginia Tech. Next year, the Tide opens against West Virginia. Both games will be in the Georgia Dome.
In addition to its rigorous SEC schedule, it's hard to argue with the number of quality out-of-conference opponents the team from Tuscaloosa is playing.
By the time Alabama and Wisconsin meet, new head coach Gary Anderson should be comfortable with his Badgers and ready to compete for Big Ten titles. As for the Tide, well, I'll go out on a limb and say they will be just fine with Saban still running the show.
Wisconsin has reached three straight BCS bowls and won at least 10 games in five of the last eight years. Alabama, of course, has won three of the last four national championships and won at least 10 games in five straight seasons.
If the past few years are any indication of how things will continue, this meeting two years from now will have national championship implications.
Saban has not coached against the Badgers since leaving Michigan State after the 1999 season, while Wisconsin hasn't played a team from the SEC since losing to Tennessee in the 2007 Outback Bowl by a score of 21-17.
Let's hope this game lives up to the hype.