Athletic director Barry Alvarez says Wisconsin is planning another neutral site game with a major opponent
Wisconsin will wrap up a two-game, neutral site series with LSU when the Badgers face the Tigers at Lambeau Field to kickoff the 2016 season. But Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez hinted that the Badgers aren’t done scheduling neutral-site tilts.
During an interview with ESPN Radio Madison’s The Jump Around, Alvarez proclaimed that the program is looking into another non-conference clash with a high-profile opponent.
“We’re in the planning stages right now with another team,” Alvarez said. “Not very far down the road, a couple years down the road there will be a neutral site game or a couple neutral site games. We’re in the planning stages, but we’ll continue to look at that. I think people will be very excited about our future of our scheduling.”
Wisconsin hasn’t been afraid of scheduling elite opponents in the past. The program has kicked off its past three seasons against SEC opponents. Wisconsin was beaten, 28-24, by LSU in Houston in 2014 before being drubbed by eventual College Football Playoff champion Alabama, 35-14, during last year’s season opener in Dallas.
Wisconsin’s next opening to schedule a reputable non-conference opponent won’t be until 2020. The Badgers already have their non-conference schedules set for the next three years, but only have a home-and-home series with Syracuse booked for the 2020-21 seasons.