100 and 10-0 – milestones in preparation for Michigan.
This year marks 100 years of Camp Randall Stadium, and Wisconsin’s first ever 10-0 record. The Big Ten title game appearance was set for the Badgers, but the opportunity for the college football playoff loomed. ESPN’s College Gameday set up their show on Bascom Hill in Madison signifying the magnitude of this conference tussle.
Of course, I always like to put my own unique twist on College Gameday signs. Bea Arthur was featured in my sign posing as a Badger fan super hero. Mine just blended in with the other strange signage. What impressed me is the significant crowd size at College Gameday despite the spitting snow and frigid temps. Fans continued to collect during the entire episode to gear up for the 11 am kickoff.
A raucous brunch crowd crammed Camp Randall for the biggest game of the regular season. Gray skies and freezing temps just mean more brats and beer to keep the blood flowing. Anticipation brewed as a victory over Harbaugh’s Wolverine squad would validate Wisconsin’s undefeated streak and launch them in the direction of the College Football Playoff.
A tight game at halftime opened up in the third quarter when QB Alex Hornibrook found his rhythm – just in time to pump extra energy into the post third quarter jump around tradition.
The score was never dominant on the scoreboard (24-10 final), but it felt dominant on the field. The Badgers proved their worth and appear to be able to matchup against anyone. Badger fans just hope that this season’s milestones continue.