Alabama, Wisconsin to open 2015 Season at Cowboys Stadium

By Kevin Kelley -
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Alabama will meet Wisconsin at Cowboys Stadium in 2015. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The Alabama Crimson Tide and the Wisconsin Badgers will open the 2015 season at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, both schools announced today.

The game will be played on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Television and network coverage will be announced at a later date, but the game will likely by a national broadcast in prime time.

Wisconsin defeated Alabama 15-0 in the only meeting between the two schools way back in 1928. That game was played in Madison.

“As a league we decided that we needed to upgrade our non-conference schedule,” UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. “We understand that strength of schedule will be a factor in determining which teams earn the right to participate in the new four-team playoff system and we want to be in that mix. There’s no better way to do that than by playing the defending national champions. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play a storied program like Alabama in a terrific venue like Cowboys Stadium. It will be a great experience for our program, our players and our fans.”

The Crimson Tide now have neutral site season-openers set for the next three seasons. Bama faces Virginia Tech on Aug. 31, 2013 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, meets West Virginia on Aug. 30, 2014 again in Atlanta, and then Wisconsin in 2015.

Wisconsin is the first official non-conference opponent for Alabama for the 2015 season. The Crimson Tide could also host Colorado State, but 2017 is a possibility for that game as well.

The Badgers were previously slated to host Washington State on Sept. 5, 2015, so a new date for that game is to be determined.

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  1. jim
    March 20, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Big mistake by any northern or western school to play in the so called
    ‘nuetral’ game in Dallas. Virtual homegame for the southern schools and all these games have been poorly officiated in favor of the southern schools. It would be better to do a home and home with the confederate schools at least you get them once in the north!

    • Rod
      March 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

      ROLL TIDE !!!

    • David
      March 21, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      WI asked for a home and home. Alabama was afraid to come up north.

    • chris
      April 1, 2013 at 8:03 am

      Confederate school? Get over it. Wisconsin couldn’t make the second game happen. ‘Bama didn’t need the refs against PSU/MSU or Michigan. Big 10 fans always show their poor sportsmanship. Must be in that “magic” water up north. ‘Bama would go to Camp Randle in November and win by double digits.

    • dvdlgh
      January 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      LSU is scheduled to play at Lambeau in 2016. After losing to the Ohio State we’ll see if Alabama will come to Wisconsin to play after 2015. Scheduling conflict – LOL

  2. bill
    March 20, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    @Jim doubt the “Tide” would have played at a neutral site at say Soldier Field in Chicago or the Dome in Indy. They want/need their neutral site to be essentially a home game. Whatever. Glad UW is taking them on.

    • chris
      April 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Check your facts lol…Another Big 10 guy who doesn’t let facts get in the way of a gripe session. Some teams you have a point. However, Alabama is not one of them. Indy/NYC/Chicago games have already had feelers put out by the Alabama athletic department lol. Not one response by the Mighty Big 10.

  3. AtlantaMafia
    March 21, 2013 at 2:41 am

    Bama by 30 points

  4. connEr
    March 21, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Oregon should rematch LSU

  5. Steven
    March 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    yes, Oregon LSU rematch would be epic…Wiskey and Bama should be a very physical brutal game opener

  6. M. Sage
    March 21, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Good move by both schools. Obviously alabama will have a bigger advantage in this “neutral site”. Bama also has colorado state on their 2015 schedule. I challenge the tide to play another bcs school. We dont need to see anymore games against chatanooga or western carolina at the end of november. Right now rutgers has an open slot in 2015, the norfolk state game has to be dropped. Bama could host rutgers in 2015 and come up north against them and play early in the season at MetLife stadium or sometime in November at yankee stadium in 2016.

  7. Jinzo
    March 21, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    This will be a epic battle if Coach Anderson can recruit more defensive speed at Wisconsin….

  8. chris
    April 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

    You people do know that Alabama has contacted teams from up north to play a home and home right? ‘Bama is doing that with Mich State and just did it with Penn State. Other Big 10 teams have declined. So get your facts straight. Alabama was Not afraid to go north and play Wiscy. Both teams could not reach a date for the second game between the two because of other scheduling arrangements. I know some of you are bitter against Alabama, but check your facts. ‘Bama didn’t need the refs to crush Michigan. They could have scored 60 if they wanted. No Big 10 would beat Alabama even “up North”. You people make it sound like going up north is the Bermuda Triangle. ‘Bama has tried to play in Indy and Chicago. Don’t let facts get in the way of your whining.

  9. chris
    April 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Last thing. The Big 10 schools wanted this game as much if not more than Alabama. It’s the Big 10 yearly chance to play with the big boys on a national stage and attempt to show the world they are a top tier conference.

  10. Lee
    April 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

    Bama is playing Colorado State because our old Offensive Coordinator, Jim McElwain is the Head Coach. Why not support our old OC? I was stationed in CO for 4 years, and I know that there are some really good teams and rivalries in CO. You have the Buffaloes, the Rams, and my personal favorite, the AF Fighting Falcons. Playing smaller or lesser known schools helps their schools out, I wouldn’t mind seeing us play Rutgers or Uncle Bubba’s Bait & Tackle University, as long as those boys in Crimson are on the field, the Million Dollar Band is up in the stands, and RJYH is played as soon the final second has drained from the clock.

  11. Brad
    May 12, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Wisconsin may surprise some people here

  12. John
    July 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Hey Chris…..if Bucky ends up beating Bama, we don’t want to hear any excuses from you SEC fans like we ALWAYS hear when a Big 10 teams beats an SEC team.

  13. Bob
    November 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

    When do tickets for 2015 season go on sale?