Camp Randall Historic Moments
Camp Randall is one of college football’s most iconic venues. Opened in 1917, it is now the oldest active stadium in the Big Ten conference. It is also has one of the best home field advantages in college football. Over the last nine years, the Badgers have compiled win streaks of 11, 16, and 21 in that legendary building. So far this season, the Badgers are perfect at home. They began their 2013 home schedule with back to back shutouts over Massachusetts and Tennessee Tech, 45-0, and 48-0. After the controversial loss in the desert to Arizona State, Wisconsin came back home and throttled Purdue to 41-10 to open their Big Ten schedule. After the tough loss on the road to Ohio State, the Badgers came back home and defeated Northwestern 35-6. Several weeks later Wisconsin returned to Camp Randall for a pair of back to back home games and winning both. First, they beat BYU 27-17, and then they blew out Indiana 51-3.
One of the benefits of seeing a game at Camp Randall Stadium is that you know before hand the Badgers have not just a great chance of winning, but they will play great football in the process. The Badgers defense is one of the best in college football. Wisconsin has given up just three touchdowns at home this season. The Badgers have also won the last three Big Ten Championships, although they are 0-3 in the last three Rose Bowls.
Camp Randall Opponents 2013
The Big Ten is full of rivalries, and the Badgers oldest rival is none other than the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In fact, the Badgers-Gophers rivalry is the oldest in Bowl Subdivision college football. Dating back to 1890, the Badgers and Gophers have squared off 119 times, and play for Paul Bunyan’s axe each game. Minnesota leads the overall series 59-52-8. This year’s Badgers-Gophers game is being played in Minnesota, and tickets for next year’s Badgers-Gophers game, which will be played in Camp Randall, are on sale now.
One age old Big Ten rivalry is Wisconsin versus Iowa. The Badgers began playing the Hawkeyes not to long after they began playing the Gophers. Dating back to 1894, Wisconsin and Iowa play for the Heartland Trophy. The Badgers won this year’s game at Iowa City 28-9.
Another main Big Ten rival of Wisconsin’s is Penn State. Now granted, this matchup does not date as far back as some Big Ten rivalries, but it is still a great contest every time. Beginning in 2016, these two programs will play for their own “trophy,” much like many of the other Big Ten rivalries. Penn State will face Wisconsin at Camp Randall in 2013.