Barry Alvarez’s dream matchup may actually have some legs. Yes, we’re talking about the return of Wisconsin vs. Notre Dame football y’all.
Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the two sides are talking about a potential deal to get a series of games played at Soldier Field in Chicago.
It is a dream matchup for Alvarez, who came to the Badgers after a few years as the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame. It is also a return to a series that has been dormant since 1964 and one that was very competitive when played back in the day.
Notre Dame leads the all-time series 8-6-2 with the Badgers. However, Wisconsin won two of the last three matchups in the early 1960’s.
It would be an interesting series, as the two schools have arguably the largest and most-dedicated fanbases in the Chicagoland area. They also have two of the best traveling fanbases in the country.
All of that meeting up in Soldier Field would make a lot of sense. So would this series in general, as there was nearly a series agreement back in 2009. That fell through as the changing landscape of college football put a lot of non-conference matchups on hold.
Will this series get off the ground? You can bet Alvarez will try his hardest before bowing out to retirement that continues to seem more and more imminent as the years go on.
Just how close the deal is to being done is a bit of a mystery, as Greenstein points out there are “ongoing talks, but nothing imminent yet.”
As a Badgers fan, this news would be very exciting. Notre Dame is one of the top draws and a quality opponent for the non-conference slate. Ideally, a home-and-home series would happen, but Chicago certainly isn’t a bad middle ground and likely a larger payday for everyone involved.