Wisconsin and Washington State announced on Wednesday that they have rescheduled their home-and-home series for 2022 and 2023, back from 2014 and 2015. The Badgers will host the Cougars in 2022 before traveling to Pullman, Wash, in 2023.
The original agreement had the first game coming at Pullman in 2014 and the next one in Madison in 2015. Wisconsin is 2-0 all-time against Washington State, with both games coming in Madison. The Badgers won 42-21 in the 2007 season-opener and also squeaked out a 35-26 back in 1976. Over the last 20 seasons, the Badgers are 11-4-1 in 16 games against Pac-12 teams.
The rescheduling presumably paves the way for Wisconsin to set its long-rumored neutral-site contest with LSU. Speculation has persisted that the Badgers and Tigers would square off at Reliant Stadium in Houston during the 2014 season before continuing the series sometime in the future at Lambeau Field. Various media outlets have gone as far as to report the series as official before pulling back, so it's widely believed the deal is all but done. The last we heard, UW and LSU were "close to finalizing" everything on May 29.
Wisconsin also has a neutral-site game scheduled against Alabama for the 2015 season. This deal obviously clears out two more dates for those games, in addition to letting us believe college football will still be played next decade. Roll damn tide.
For Washington State, the rescheduling allows the Cougars to proceed with their long-rumored series with Rutgers. The two schools also announced that deal on Wednesday; The Scarlet Knights will travel to Seattle (not Pullman) on Aug. 29, 2014, before the Cougars return the favor at Rutgers on Sept. 12, 2015.