PHOENIX, Ariz. (WKOW) -- The Badgers touched down in the desert Thursday. Head coach Gary Andersen wanted to give his squad plenty of time to acclimate prior to Saturday night's showdown with Arizona State.
"I've done that before, and it's worked out well. I've done that before, and it hasn't worked out so well. So there's no real rhyme or reason to it other than the opportunity for the kids, I think, it's the best situation for the time we are at this time of the year, the way we're practicing, going on the road for the first time."
Big Ten teams have not traveled well to Pac 12 country in recent years. For instance, Arizona State is 8-0 at home against Big Ten opponents. The Badgers are hoping to break that trend. Linebacker Conor O'Neill says arriving early should allow the team to settle in.
"I think it's going to be nice. It's going to take the hectic travel schedule out of being there Friday and then having to roll right into the game Saturday. We'll have 24 hours to just kind of relax, do what we need to do. I think it will help out a lot."
Wisconsin will also need time to adjust to the heat. The forecasted high on game day is over 100 degrees. That will certainly be a change for the Badgers. However, O'Neill downplayed the impact the desert heat will have on the outcome of the game.
"I think we'll be fine. I mean football is football whether it's 20 degrees or 100 degrees. We'll be ready for the game time."
Game time is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz.
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