It might be tough to top last week's electrifying UGA-Tennessee overtime game in Knoxville, but if there was ever a reason to jump back in the Neon for another game-day road trip, it's this Saturday's Wisconsin versus #19 Northwestern matchup in Madison. Here are 14 reasons -- other than occupying the Capitol building two years too late -- why you should be there.
1. Let's start with the low-hanging fruit: You can't specialize in beer, brats, and cheese kurds and not expect to be named one of the best college football towns in America -- an honor Madison routinely receives. There may not be a better place to tailgate in the entire country, and if you go now, at least the weather should be nice.
2. Both teams are fresh off losses to #4 Ohio State (although UW's also coming off a bye) and eager to get their Big Ten title hopes back on track, regardless of how tough the road ahead looks for each. Wisconsin's gunning for a fourth consecutive trip to the Rose Bowl under first-year coach Gary Anderson, while NU's shooting for their first championship since 1996. The 70-23 drudging by UW in 2010 aside, they've played some exciting games in the last 10 years (51-48 in '05, 33-31 in '09), and with both teams evenly matched, this one shouldn't be any different.
3. In fact, these two teams have been playing since 1890, and while UW leads the overall series 56-33-5, they've split their last 12 meetings. Budding new rivalry? Maybe. At the very least, expect things to intensify as they begin playing each other annually after next year's conference realignment