A defunct agreement between the Wisconsin and Washington State football teams was resurrected last month. Scheduled to meet for a home-home series over the 2014 and 2015 seasons in talks that fell through due to organizational conflicts, the Badgers and Cougars have now negotiated a contract that has them playing that series nearly a decade later.
Camp Randall will host the first game between the pair in 2022. By that time, the teams will not have met each other in 15 years, their most recent game having been the 2007 season opener. Wisconsin came away a win that year, claiming their second victory in as many games against the Cougars since their first meeting in 1976.
The Badgers success against Pac-12 teams extends beyond Washington State. The Big-10 has had a close relationship with the west coast conference for the past two decades, resulting in 16 games for Wisconsin against Pac-12 opponents during that time. The team has won 11 of those meetings, though its latest Rose Bowl losses in 2011 and 2012 came at the hands of Pac-12 members Oregon and Stanford. Garnering all their wins against the Cougars in Madison, the Badgers make their first trip in school history to Pullman in 2023.