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Badgers announce schedule for 2012 football season


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Aug. 18, 2011

2012 Football Schedule

MADISON, Wis. -- The 2011 season is still two weeks away, but with the release of the Badgers’ 2012 schedule on Thursday, the Wisconsin football team already knows the road it will face the following season.

The Badgers’ four-game Big Ten Conference home slate begins with Illinois on Oct. 6 and includes cross-divisional matchups with Michigan State and Minnesota -- in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe -- before ending in a late-season clash with Leaders Division foe Ohio State on Nov. 17.

UW will open Big Ten play with a road game against Nebraska, the Badgers’ first trip to Lincoln since 1973. The schedule also includes three road contests in Leaders Division play, with the Badgers traveling to Purdue and Indiana before taking on Penn State in their regular-season finale.

The 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game is slated for Dec. 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

UW’s non-conference slate includes three games at Camp Randall Stadium, beginning with the Badgers’ season-opener against Northern Iowa on Sept. 1. A trip to Corvallis, Ore., to face Oregon State follows on Sept. 8 before the Badgers return to Madison and close out the non-conference season with home contests against Utah State (Sept. 15) and UTEP (Sept. 22).

2012 Wisconsin Football Schedule
Sept. 1 Northern Iowa
Sept. 8 at Oregon State
Sept. 15 Utah State
Sept. 22 UTEP
Sept. 29 at Nebraska
Oct. 6 Illinois
Oct. 13 at Purdue
Oct. 20 Minnesota
Oct. 27 Michigan State
Nov. 3 BYE
Nov. 10 at Indiana
Nov. 17 Ohio State
Nov. 24 at Penn State
Dec. 1 Big Ten Football Championship Game
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