April 24, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin football team will play a pair of prime time games in September as the Big Ten announced Tuesday that the Badgers’ home game vs. Utah State and their game at Nebraska will both start at 7 p.m. CT.
UW hosts Utah State on Sept. 15 at Camp Randall Stadium. The game will be televised by BTN, the Badgers’ second night game in the network’s history. The only other prime time BTN game Wisconsin has been a part of was a 28-20 win over Northern Illinois in the 2009 season opener.
Like last season, the Badgers will open Big Ten play in prime time against Nebraska. Last year, UW welcomed the Cornhuskers into the Big Ten with a 48-17 thrashing at Camp Randall Stadium at night before a national television audience. On Sept. 29, Wisconsin will make its first visit to Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium since 1973. The game will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.
UW played a school-record five night games in 2011, defeating UNLV, Nebraska and Michigan State (in the Big Ten Championship game), while losing at Michigan State and at Ohio State. The Badgers have played 16 prime time games in head coach Bret Bielema’s six seasons, going 12-4 in those contests. Dating back to 1995, Wisconsin is 29-5 in its last 34 night games.
No additional night games will be scheduled for 2012.