The Wisconsin Badgers football program just keeps getting more exciting.
The team announced today a brand new home-and-home series with the UCLA Bruins. The Badgers will visit Pasadena on Sept. 15, 2029 while UCLA will head to Camp Randall Stadium on Sept. 7, 2030.
The news comes just over a week after the Wisconsin and Notre Dame series at Camp Randall and Soldier Field was announced for 2020 and 2021, respectively.
"UCLA is one of the premier programs in college football," UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said in a press release and on UWBadgers.com. "We had some memorable bowl games when I was on the sidelines but this is a great opportunity for us to play them at Camp Randall. Non-conference scheduling is always a challenge but the folks at UCLA have been great to deal with and we look forward to the series."
The Badgers have met UCLA 11 times in the past, with Wisconsin winning the last three meetings. Perhaps the most notable of the wins was the 21-16 1994 Rose Bowl game that restored confidence in the Wisconsin football program and fans across the state.
The Notre Dame and UCLA series aren’t the only two lined up for the foreseeable future. The team will also take on Syracuse (2020 and '21), Washington State (2022 and '23), Hawaii (2022 & '24) and Virginia Tech (2024 & '25) in a home-and-home format. Head coach Paul Chryst and Barry Alvarez are obviously putting the team in situations to better themselves in the presence of strong teams they don’t usually come across. Here’s hoping it leads to some huge payoffs.
Wisconsin also announced the addition of five more home games in the upcoming seasons. The Badgers will host the following programs on these respective dates:
- Kent State on Oct. 5, 2019
- FCS opponent Southern Illinois on Sept. 19, 2020
- Army on Oct. 16, 2021)
- Buffalo on Sept. 2, 2023
- North Texas on Sept. 6, 2025
All this news makes it hard for a Wisconsin football fan to be anything but ecstatic, so get excited for what’s coming up in the next few years.
Wisconsin starts its 2017 season at Camp Randall Stadium versus Utah State next Friday, Sept. 1.