Fourteen different schools from seven different conferences form the slate of non-conference opponents for the Badgers over the next five seasons, according to Wisconsin football schedules released on Thursday.
The future Badger football schedules feature a number of interesting storylines and matchups, including games with three schools Wisconsin has never played and eight more against opponents the Badgers have faced two times or less during their history.
These schedules are great for our fans because they will be seeing us play against quality programs from all over the country, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. Well have most of these non-conference games at home and when we play on the road our fans will have some great travel destinations. Im happy with the schedules we have put together.
John Chadima, associate athletic director, is in charge of Wisconsins football scheduling.
Were very pleased overall with the scheduling we have been able to do, Chadima said. The most difficult aspect of it was addressing the addition of the 12th game for the 2006 season. Usually, we try to schedule several years out, but we had less than a year to schedule this years 12th game. Were appreciative of Buffalos cooperation. The bye week that the Big Ten scheduled for Wisconsin for the 2006 season falls on Nov. 18. That was the only date we had available to schedule the additional game. But it gives our fans another chance to see our team and to experience the wonderful gameday atmosphere at Camp Randall Stadium.
Here is a season-by-season breakdown of the Badgers football schedules through 2010 (Big Ten schedules beyond 2010 have not been finalized), along with partial schedules as far out as 2015
Head coach Bret Bielema will make his debut on the Badger sideline when Wisconsin opens the season against Bowling Green (Mid-American Conference) at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sept. 2 Western Illinois (Gateway) visits Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 9 (the Leathernecks are coached by Don Patterson, a former longtime assistant at Iowa, who coached there when Bielema was a Hawkeye player and later coached with Bielema at Iowa) San Diego State (Mountain West), under the direction of first-year head coach Chuck Long (with whom Bielema coached at Iowa), comes to Camp Randall on Sept. 16 Wisconsin then embarks upon its eight-game Big Ten Conference schedule, starting at Michigan on Sept. 23 UW will close the regular season with a home game against Buffalo (MAC) on Nov. 18 (the Bulls are guided by first-year head coach Turner Gill, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist at Nebraska; an assistant coach at his alma mater; and a Green Bay Packers assistant last season) the Buffalo game was added once a 12th game was allowed and will be played on Nov. 18 because that is the date the Big Ten had previously assigned as the Badgers bye week.
Wisconsin will welcome Washington State (Pac 10) and has agreed in principle to host The Citadel (Southern Conference) in Madison UW will also make a trip to UNLV (Mountain West) UW will kick off the season on Sept. 1 against the Cougars (part of a two-for-one arrangement with Washington State) before heading for Las Vegas for a Sept. 8 matchup one of Americas most prestigious military schools, The Citadel (located in Charleston, S.C.), will face the Badgers for the first time on Sept. 15 in Camp Randall Stadium The Citadel is the nations largest military college program outside of the service academies a 12th game has yet to be added to the schedule but will take place at home on Oct. 20 or Nov. 24 in Big Ten play, Purdue and Northwestern are off the schedule and are replaced by Michigan State and Ohio State.
The 2008 schedule features Wisconsins earliest start to a season since 2003 the Badgers open at home against Akron (MAC) on August 30 before hosting Marshall (Conference USA) the following week UW will then play at Fresno State (WAC) on Sept. 13 a fourth non-conference game (still TBA) will be played at Camp Randall Stadium on either Sept. 20 or Nov. 22 the first four games of the Big Ten slate in 2008 has the Badgers at Michigan, home vs. Ohio State and Penn State, and at Iowa.
The 2009 schedule features 13 games because the Badgers will be concluding the campaign at Hawaii on Nov. 28 (the Wisconsin mens basketball team will be participating in the Maui Invitational around Thanksgiving that year, as well) the 09 slate begins with home games against Central Florida (Conference USA) on Sept. 5 and Fresno State on Sept. 12 two non-conference games (one home, one away) are yet to be announced for Sept. 19 and Oct. 24 Purdue and Northwestern re-join the conference schedule, while Penn State and Illinois are off.
Wisconsin opens the 2010 schedule with a home game against UNLV the Badgers will be at San Diego State on Sept. 11 before hosting Arizona State (Pac 10) a week later on Sept. 18 an additional non-conference game will be added on Oct. 23.
Beyond 2010, the Badgers are scheduled to play at UNLV and home vs. Oregon State (Pac 10) in 2011; home with San Diego State and at Arizona State in 2012; at Oregon State in 2013; at Washington State in 2014; and home with Washington State in 2015.
The Badgers are continuing discussions with Virginia Tech to potentially move an originally scheduled 2008-09 series to a later date.
A complete listing of all UW future football schedules is available at the following link: Football Schedule