For Badger football fanatics hoping to make plans in advance, the Big Ten has obliged. The conference released the team’s 2014-15 schedule on Thursday, revealing an eagerly anticipated season of changes.
Just three seasons after its debut, the Leaders and Legends divisional split will be dubbed East and West in 2014. The renaming comes along with the welcoming of Maryland and Rutgers into the conference, both part of the extensive realignment going on in recent off-seasons. Wisconsin meets the pair following an October 18th bye, facing Maryland at home on the 25th before traveling to New Brunswick on November 1st. It will be the Terrapins first visit to Camp Randall in school history, while the Badgers and the Scarlet Knights have never met on the football pitch.
The Badgers will represent the West division in 2014, joining Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, Purdue, and Northwestern. A trip to Evanston on October 4th is Wisconsin’s first game of the year against a fellow West team. A home game against Illinois a week later is their last divisional match-up until a November 8 game at Purdue. They finish out the season with three more meetings with West opponents following that, Nebraska on the 15th, Iowa on the 22nd, and Minnesota on the 29th.
The Big Ten Championship December 6 – 2014
Five of the seven teams facing Wisconsin in the first half of the 2014 season will be out of conference. An August 30th season opener is yet to have an opponent scheduled, though it will be an away game at a non-conference location. The Badgers play their home opener on September 6th against Western Illinois. Another undetermined team will greet the Badgers in their second game away from Madison on September 13th, preceding back-to-back home games against Bowling Green and Southern Florida on the 20th and 27th, respectively.
Wisconsin Badgers 2014 Football Schedule
30th – at TBA
6th – vs. Western Illinois
13th – at TBA
20th – vs. Bowling Green
27th – vs. University of Southern Florida
4th – at Northwestern
11th – vs. Illinois
18th – Bye
25th – vs. Maryland
1st – at Rutgers
8th – at Purdue
15th – vs. Nebraska
22nd – at Iowa
29th – vs. Minnesota