I had my first experience at Camp Randall yesterday, and thought I would share a few notes/observations. Overall it was a great experience and I'd highly recommend that anyone interested make the trip.
- The game day atmosphere at UW is pretty amazing - Madison and the UW campus essentially remind me of a larger version of Ann Arbor/UM. The blend of city and campus is nice and UM fans/students should feel right at home here.
- The university sells beer in the student unions, which in turn makes them a great hangout spot the day of the game. This is something that I found to be a unique and welcome difference from UM.
- Wisconsin fans were extremely friendly overall, with negative experiences limited to one drunk frat bro hanging out the passenger side of a car yelling "MICHIGAN TRIED" at me. Whatever bro, Wisconsin "tried" last year too.
- Camp Randall is a great place to watch a game. We had nosebleed seats near the goal line but the view was still great at all points on the field. The fans around us were friendly and joking the entire time.
- People say that Michigan Stadium is quiet, but I honestly thought Camp Randall was quieter (and it's not even close), especially for a big game. This could be due to the fact that we were high up in the stadium, however.
- Jump Around was fun, but not a life changing experience as some would lead you to believe.
Overall, I'd say Wisconsin has been my favorite B1G away game experience thus far (having been to roughly half of the other stadiums in the league). Madison is a ton of fun, and the fans and campus are great.
And while I have my soap box, a minor aside and some notes about the team:
I'm kind of shocked that the response to losing this game seems to be more negative than losing to MSU. Playing at Camp Randall is always tough, and this time we were playing agaisnt a top 5 team. We outclassed them on offense and defense while Peters was still playing the game. I don't really find this loss that disappointing given the context.
This year is more or less playing out like most reasonable fans expected. The only thing thus far that upsets me is the MSU loss. I know a lot of people want coaching changes on the offensive side of the ball, but I don't really see the point. I see our offensive struggles more as a result of the young personnel rather than coaching, and I feel that hitting the reset button on offense for 2018 will do more harm than good. I look forward to next year - this team has the bones of a competitor and just needs another year of maturity.