Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
Wisconsin's cupcake-heavy scheduling philosophy hasn't gone over well with its fans, but the school's latest move should ease some of the criticism.
Wisconsin on Tuesday announced a home-and-home series with Washington in 2017 and 2018. The Badgers will host Washington on Sept. 2, 2017, before visiting Seattle on Sept. 1, 2018. The teams have had four previous matchups, including the 1960 Rose Bowl, but haven't met since 1992.
“I think this is a great opportunity to play against a quality opponent in two terrific settings,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said in a statement. “Obviously our fans at Camp Randall will enjoy seeing a Pac-10 team come to Madison. I know a lot of our fans also like to travel to our road games and Seattle is a great city and Husky Stadium is a wonderful venue for college football.”
The Washington series is Wisconsin's latest addition to a nonconference slate that packs a bit more punch in the coming years. Wisconsin takes on Arizona State (2010 in Madison and 2013 in Tempe), Oregon State (2011 in Madison and 2012 in Corvallis), Washington State (2014 in Pullman and 2015 in Madison) and Virginia Tech (2016 in Blacksburg and 2017 in Madison).