Football is back, and while this is great news for the Wisconsin Badgers, it's perhaps not so much for the Massachusetts Minutemen.
They won just one game in their inaugural season as members of the FBS, but at least UMass will be bowl-eligible for the 2013 season.
The Badgers, fresh off a third consecutive Big Ten title, have had a 20-14 Rose Bowl defeat at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal eating away at them for the past eight months. They would like nothing more than to get back on the gridiron, and what better way to do so than in front of their home crowd at Camp Randall Stadium against a remarkably inferior opponent?
The history between Wisconsin and Massachusetts on the football field isn't a rich one. In fact, there is no indication that these teams have squared off before, so the winner of the Aug. 31 clash will jump ahead in the all-time series.
All kidding aside, this game doesn't figure to be much of a challenge for the Badgers. It will be more of an open tryout for positions that remain unsettled, which include quarterback, right guard and defensive end.
We also shouldn't expect too many wrinkles from Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen, as the power running game should suffice against a porous Minutemen defense.
In this preview, we'll delve deeper into keys to victory, players to watch and what the media, coaches and players alike are saying ahead of this Week 1 matchup.
Time: 11 p.m. CT
Place: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wis.
TV: Big Ten Network
Radio: List of Wisconsin stations
Massachusetts: WRNX 100.9
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