Alvarez ready for Huskers to come to town

Nebraska will play their first Big Ten Conference game in Madison on October 1st. For Wisconsin former head coach and current athletic director Barry Alvarez, it couldn't be more perfect.

A lettering linebacker at Nebraska from 1965 to 1967, Alvarez credits much of success from his time with former Husker head coach Bob Devaney.

"For their first game to be at Camp Randall, it's really going to be special," Alvarez told Big Red Report. "It will still be a regular conference game. I know they may be bringing a big contingency of fans. It's a night game and any night game at Camp Randall is special. It should be a good atmosphere."

Alvarez is so ready for the game; he has accepted a role as Wisconsin's guest captain when the Huskers come to town. Guest captains often speak to the team the night before and flip the coin before the game.

"I don't know if I was more excited than the other A.Ds for them to join, but I have probably more contacts and an awareness of Nebraska," said Alvarez. "I think everyone realizes what they bring to the table, but it's really exciting for me. I know a lot of people back there. I still have a lot of friends in Nebraska, so for them to come in the league I think it's special."

Wisconsin Bret Bielema agrees with his athletic director.

"When Jim Delaney made the decision to bring Nebraska into our league, bring that name and program, I've noticed it overall. I've noticed it in recruiting," said Bielema. "I can't tell you how many times I've had parents or recruits sitting in my office talking about the Big 10 Network and the exposure that it brings, to bring Nebraska in, and for us to be a part of the Leaders Division for the first time in college football history, to have the Big Ten split into two divisions, I'm very privileged, excited."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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