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Badgers release 2012 football schedule

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The Badgers announced their full 2012 schedule this afternoon, filling in the remaining non-conference gaps with games against Northern Iowa and Utah State. The Badgers will also host UTEP at Camp Randall on Sept. 22, in addition to traveling to Corvallis, Ore., for a game against Oregon State.

The Badgers will host Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan State, and Ohio State in 2012, and have to travel to Nebraska, Purdue, Indiana, and Penn State. At first glance, that doesn't look like a horrible schedule -- two of their toughest games bookend the beginning and end of Big Ten play, with a key game against Ohio State at home in late November.

The Badgers' schedule looks reasonable to me. As of right now, their key games are split between home and away, with the two late November games (vs. Ohio State and @Penn State) possibly holding the key to a leaders division title. Not to say that road trips to Purdue and Indiana will be cakewalks, but they don't look that threatening on paper right now.

The non-conference schedule is still rather uninteresting, except for the road trip to Oregon State. Northern Iowa serves as the Badgers' FCS opponent for the year, UTEP and Utah State come out of Conference USA and the WAC, respectively, so you can take that for what they're worth.

What do you think? Which games are "trap" games on the schedule? Does this schedule make it easier or harder for the Badgers to go to Lucas Oil Stadium in December? Let us know in the comments!