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Badgers push back Hokies to make room for LSU

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It’s not yet officially official, but the long-rumored LSU-Wisconsin series is coming closer to fruition.

Earlier in the afternoon, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver confirmed that the Hokies’ series with the Badgers, scheduled for 2016 and 2017, has been pushed back to 2019 and 2020.  The former game will be played in Madison, the latter in Blacksburg.

The reason for the schedule change, multiple media outlets reported, is for a two-game series between the Big Ten and SEC schools.

On Sept. 3, 2016, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, UW will host LSU at historic Lambeau Field in Green Bay.  The two football programs would first meet, though, Aug. 30, 2014, in Houston.  Both games would mark the season openers for the respective teams.

The venerable home of the Green Bay Packers has never played host to a major college football game in the stadium’s 56-year history, although a benefit game featuring the legendary Vince Lombardi‘s alma mater Fordham was played there.  The UW hockey team also played a game at Lambeau in 2006 against Ohio State.

Just when the two schools will make the “home-and-home” series official at both neutral-site venues is unclear, although a school official told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that the two sides “still have some small details to work out but the contracts should be done next week.”

As for the Hokies, Weaver added that the athletic department is in the process of lining up a “major conference opponent” as a replacement for the Badgers on the 2016 and 2017 slates.

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14 Responses to “Badgers push back Hokies to make room for LSU”
  1. youcantmakemepickausername says: Aug 8, 2013 6:41 PM

    I don’t want to take anything away from the match-up, it sounds great and kudos to both teams, but why Lambeau (as historic as it is) and Houston?

    You’re talking about two programs with some of the best stadiums and game-day (or game-night, in LSU’s case) environments in college football. Just play the games at your home stadiums.

  2. mrlaloosh says: Aug 8, 2013 10:08 PM

    Agreed. Tiger Stadium is like no place else on a Saturday night.

  3. badgerbuck says: Aug 8, 2013 11:48 PM

    No one wants to play in the others stadium,get used to it this is what college football will be in the future.

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Aug 9, 2013 1:36 AM

    This sounds great. I would prefer it at Camp Randall to keep the students a part of it. I still live the Badgers going after a new very good teams on their non-conference sxhedule though.

  5. barkleyblows says: Aug 9, 2013 3:18 AM

    Hate to break the news… But camp randle is far from a great venue.

  6. bdnnbd says: Aug 9, 2013 9:06 AM

    False.

  7. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 9, 2013 10:47 AM

    I would imagine it’s for recruiting… at least on LSU’s end. Houston is a very fertile recruiting area, and having a top tier game like that would be a great recruiting tool. Houston is also home to more LSU alums than any other city apparently. The Lambeau game doesn’t make a whole lot of sense outside of the historical aspect of it. Not sure how far Madison is from Green Bay but I assume it’s about building the UW brand and expanding the fan base, but who else would you root for if you lived in Green Bay?

  8. nightman13 says: Aug 9, 2013 12:38 PM

    Camp Randall is far from a great venue? Ha. It’s only the most historic college football stadium steeped in tradition both old and new.

    There’s nothing like college football’s #1 voted fan tradition which is the 4th quarter Jump Around.

    Bottom line, anybody that thinks Camp Randall isn’t a great venue knows nothing about football.

  9. metalhead65 says: Aug 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    even though I am a big 10 fan I can’t wait for LSU to come in and pound the badgers. so sick of them pounding and running up the score against the little sisters of the poor like they do every year. even though that arrogant prick is no longer coaching them I still hate them. I can’t wait to hear them whine about somebody running up the score on them.

  10. barkleyblows says: Aug 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    Hahaha you mean old rundown Camp Randall??

    Maybe you Wesconsen fans think it’s a great venue. Try getting out more. Camp Randall is far from being great. Try updating that dump once in awhile.

  11. barkleyblows says: Aug 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    “It’s only the most historic college football stadium steeped in tradition both old and new.”

    I can always count on Wesconsen fans making my day. I needed a good laugh today. Thanks bro!

  12. madtownthrowdown says: Aug 9, 2013 10:32 PM

    So metalhead isn’t sure why he hates the Badgers anymore he just does, and Barkleyblows thinks he knows everything again because he’s been watching football for 4 years and probably thinks Oregon is a dynasty? Also a good laugh is your spelling man. Work on that before you open that filthy little mouth of yours again. Also Barkley- how’s your wife and my kid?

  13. metalhead65 says: Aug 10, 2013 8:21 PM

    madtownthrowdown there is no doubt why I hate them, it’s because they run up the score on every team that sucks then say there was nothing they could do about it. here is an idea for you to consider, when you are up say 48-0 at halftime how about putting the second string in the second half instead of waiting to the 4th quarter and you are up 60 points? do that and no complaints but when your first team is still in and scoring at will that is running up the score.

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 13, 2013 1:00 PM

    nightman13 says:
    Aug 9, 2013 12:38 PM

    Camp Randall is far from a great venue? Ha. It’s only the most historic college football stadium steeped in tradition both old and new.

    There’s nothing like college football’s #1 voted fan tradition which is the 4th quarter Jump Around.

    Bottom line, anybody that thinks Camp Randall isn’t a great venue knows nothing about football.

    ____________________________

    BleacherReport.com posted it’s top 101 CFB traditions and “Jump Around” came in at 14th….

    #1 was Texas A&M’s 12th Man.

    I’m sure Camp Randall is a great venue to see a game. The most historic in CFB is a stretch… It is quite old but I’m going to give the Rose Bowl most historic CFB stadium.

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