MADISON - After months of discussions, it appears the University of Wisconsin is close to finalizing plans to play a game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
It’s been long rumored the Badgers would play LSU in Houston at Reliant Stadium in the 2014 season-opener, with the return game taking place at the home of the Green Bay Packers two years later.
The likely addition of LSU to the 2016 slate makes it look, at least on paper, like one of the toughest schedules a Wisconsin team has faced in recent memory.
After playing LSU, the Badgers travel to Virginia Tech on Sept. 10. They’ll have one more non-conference game before opening Big Ten play at Michigan, followed by a trip to Michigan State. Their next four games include Ohio State at Camp Randall Stadium, a trip to Iowa, a home game versus Nebraska and a visit to Northwestern.
The scheduling of LSU means Wisconsin will open against South Eastern Conference teams in each of the next three years (LSU ’14, Alabama ’15, LSU ’16). When asked this summer his feelings on playing such high profile games, Badgers coach Gary Andersen couldn’t have been more in favor of the idea.
“I think No. 1, it puts you in the national spotlight,” Andersen said. “Every magazine is going to be talking about those games all summer. It gives our kids an opportunity to know they get to play against the best, and it gives the opponent that we’re playing an opportunity to know they’re going to play against the best. So it’s two tremendous conferences facing off against each other in a big time game early in the year…It’ll be a highly competitive game in a national spotlight, and that’s why kids play the game. It’s why we coach. When you’re at a school like the University of Wisconsin you want to be on the highest stage and play the best of the best. It’ll also help us in recruiting young men, especially and potentially in the south.”