MADISON,Wis. (WXOW) It's hard to imagine a more daunting way to make a debut as head coach.
Going against third-ranked Alabama, in prime time and standing across the field from Nick Saban.
Welcome back to Wisconsin Paul Chryst.
Five days from now the Badgers will kick off against the Crimson Tide.
Whether he likes it or not, one of the big story lines will be centered around the new head coach back leading his alma mater on the big stage.
Though, at his press conference Monday, Chryst tried to deflect the focus.
"It's not about me and I've never gone into a game where I've felt it was about me. This game is a big game. It's probably happening because of what both programs have done previous years. This game is solely about these two teams Saturday night," Chryst said.
"It's a good barometer of where our team's going to be at this season. Whether we win or lose or be competitive and what not, I think he looks at it as a good challenge to start the year off and he's excited to see what we can do." said linebacker Joe Schobert.
You can watch Wisconsin take on Alabama in Arlington, Texas on WXOW 19.
Pregame show is at 6:30 PM with the kickoff at 7 o'clock.