Give some credit to Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez. The Badgers have been hard at work beefing up their future non-conference schedule and have landed a few nice match-ups.
On Thursday, Wisconsin and BYU agreed on a home-and-home series in 2017 and 2018. BYU will host Wisconsin in 2017 with the Cougars traveling to Madison the following year to play at Camp Randall Stadium. Both squads will also meet next season in 2013 on Nov. 9.
Bret Bielema has to be excited about his teams future opponents, it not only strengthens their schedule which will be important with the new playoff format but it will help recruiting significantly.
“As we continue to strengthen our nonconference schedule, it’s great to have a team with the history of success that BYU has come to Camp Randall Stadium,” Bielema said.
“It also provides an opportunity for our fans to travel to one of the great venues in college football, LaVell Edwards Stadium.”
He’s definitely right about that. The atmosphere at LaVell Edwards Stadium is electric and fans have a serious passion for their team. The stadium sits between the scenic mountains in beautiful Utah and provides one of the greatest backdrops in college football.
The Badgers and Cougars have only met once before, in 1980, when BYU beat Wisconsin in Madison. The Badgers will also host Virginia Tech</a> that year, giving them quit the slate along with their conference schedule.
Hopefully by that time the Big Ten figures out how to play football like they use to.
Will Wilson is a writer for Rant Sports covering College Football and the Big Ten Conference.
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