We play the #1 team in the nation, at a stadium that has a nickname, against a team that has been in 2 of the last 5 BCS title games, in the month of November, and we play at 11 AM?
11 AM? That's disrespect.
Interesting bit came out today about Lance Smith. Turns out a suspension for the first 5 games was available, but Bielema suggested the road game ban. He was worried about having no backups against WSU and he gambled that the Dean would commute the sentence after favorable details about the case became known. When those details came out, the Dean didn't budge. That's why we saw Bielema railing on it at a press conference awhile ago he was banking on it being commuted. An awfully large gamble.
(Reminds me of the guy that would routinely go for it on 4th down last year and would put the pedal to the metal at the end of halves, but not so much the new guy this year who can't manage the clock and who likes to punt from the opponents 40 yard line.)
He put a lot of weight on that WSU game, and that's fair. Also, he ran with Lance 11 times so it was clearly part of the game plan. But its hard to look at our schedule and come up with any other conlcusion than "wow, the first five teams pretty much suck". Its almost as if the Dean should have suggested the road game ban and Bielema should have suggested the 5 game ban. Our losses at Illinois and at PSU have a little different light on them now. Also, the games ahead with OSU and MN. The more I think about this the more I want to barf.