College football is already back after last week’s Hawaii-Cal game in Australia, but this weekend truly signifies the return of college football. The list of games is incredible from Alabama vs. USC to Oklahoma vs. Houston to Ole Miss vs. FSU and finally Wisconsin vs. LSU.
While Alabama and USC face off at AT&T Stadium in Dallas this weekend, plenty of college football games have been played at NFL stadiums. Wisconsin and LSU however, they’ll be playing their game at an NFL stadium that doesn’t host college games as frequently, Lambeau Field.
It only makes sense for Wisconsin to play at Lambeau, which is about a two and a half hour drive from Madison. While the Badgers aren’t ranked heading into the season, it’s safe to assume they’ll play with a chip on their shoulder against the Tigers in a quasi-home game.
However, once the game begins, the players have to remember it is a college football game. As a result, they won’t be able to celebrate like the NFL players who typically play at Lambeau.
The Advocate pointed out that Rule 9, Section 2 in the 2016 and 2017 edition of the NCAA Rules and Interpretations that prohibits “Any delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed act by which a player (or players) attempts to focus attention upon himself (or themselves)… Going into the stands to interact with spectators, or bowing at the waist after a good play.”
Star LSU running back Leonard Fournette has already stated he has no desire to attempt the leap this weekend.
“Nah, I ain’t trying to leap,” Fournette said.
Even if the players were allowed to leap into the stands, there is no guarantee the fans would catch them and welcome them. Especially if the player leaping in played for LSU and found a section of Wisconsin fans. However, LSU fans do travel well, so even if the leaping was allowed, Tigers players would be able to find a section to leap into.