Why play Notre Dame? Paul Chryst gives hilariously simple reason
Wisconsin and Notre Dame are getting set to renew a series that has not been played since 1964.
The series between the Badgers and the Fighting Irish goes all the way back to 1900 when Wisconsin won 54-0. In total, the two sides have faced each other 16 times.
Wisconsin is 6-8-2 all-time against the Irish. Notre Dame also claims the most recent matchup, a 31-7 Fighting Irish victory in 1964.
The two sides are set to meet in 2021. That game will come on Sept. 25 from Soldier Field. The two teams will also face off to open the season on Sept. 5 in 2026 from Lambeau Field. That 2026 game will be a makeup date after the 2020 game was postponed.
During Friday’s B1G Media Days in Indianapolis, head coach Paul Chryst was asked how the games against Notre Dame came about. The simple answer? Barry Alvarez wanted the two sides to play.
#Badgers coach Paul Chryst was asked earlier how the UW-Notre Dame games came to be. He said: Barry Alvarez wanted us to play Notre Dame so we are. 😂
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) July 23, 2021
Well, that about sums it up! Alvarez has since retired as Wisconsin’s AD and is joining the B1G league offices as a special advisor.