Wisconsin Badgers Football Schedule
If you're any fan of the Big Ten, you know that football season is the most
exciting time of the year for several teams in the conference, including the Wisconsin Badgers. Big Ten football comes alive
with action when teams battle each other on the football field, and the Wisconsin Badgers are out for some big wins this season
en route to a conference title. The Badgers have some much-anticipated games heading to the Camp Randall Stadium in Madison
this year, including big games against Big Ten rivals like the Purdue Boilermakers, Minnesota Golden Gophers and Iowa Hawkeyes.
Football fans can expect the 80,300+ capacity stadium to be packed full to the brim with NCAA football fans for matchups against
Wisconsin's biggest rivals, and there are several other big games on the Badgers schedule this year that will bring football
fans flocking to the team's home venue for some unforgettable matchups.
Wisconsin Badgers Football Conference
Big Ten Conference is full of Midwestern athletic powerhouses that have dominated NCAA athletics for decades, and teams like
the Wisconsin Badgers are constantly in the mix for conference championships. The Badgers have been part of the Big Ten since
the late 1800s, and the Wisconsin football team has taken home conference titles in 1896, 1897, 1901, 1906, 1912, 1952, 1959,
1962, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2010, 2011, and 2012. With the arrival of Maryland and Rutgers into the Big Ten in 2014, the conference
is ready for another big shake-up, giving the Badgers something to strive for as they look to nail down yet another conference
title in NCAA football. The Badgers are of course out for blood against big rivals like the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the
Iowa Hawkeyes, and Big Ten action will be especially fierce this season as the Badgers look to top the newly minted Big Ten
teams as well as all the usual suspects on the football field.
Wisconsin Badgers Football Rivalries
are several NCAA football rivalries between teams that see a traveling trophy cross state lines back and forth year after
year, and the Wisconsin Badgers have one of these -- known as Paul Bunyan's Axe -- with the Minnesota Golden Gophers that
has become the most-played rivalry in NCAA football. The eccentric Paul Bunyan's Axe is a traveling trophy that goes home
with the winning team after the UW-UM matchup every season, and the rivalry has been playing out every year since 1907, making
it one of the longest rivalries in college football history. The Badgers also have a deep-rooted rivalry against the Iowa
Hawkeyes, which isn't as popular in NCAA football but dates all the way back to 1894. The Wisconsin-Iowa rivalry features
the Heartland Trophy, which has been passed between the teams since 2004, although this Wisconsin rivalry was tamed down with
the Big Ten expansion, which separated the teams into different divisions. With things in the Big Ten shifting in 2014, however,
Wisconsin and Iowa will get to play each other every season again, which will undoubtedly spark up the rivalry again.
Wisconsin Badgers Football Tournament History
The Wisconsin Badgers are part of the NCAA Division I Football
Bowl Subdivision (FBS), where they have competed in postseason action for decades. The Badgers have 24 bowl games under their
belt to date, including nine Rose Bowl appearances and five Bowl Championship Series (BCS) appearances. This incredible feat
has made the Badgers one of the most popular teams in college football, and holiday bowl games are constantly bringing Badgers
fans to stadiums across the country as the Badgers look to add more big bowl wins to their record. Wisconsin's most recent
string of bowl game appearances have been in the Rose Bowl in 2011, 2012, and 2013, where they have lost to the TCU Horned
Frogs, Oregon Ducks, and Stanford Cardinal, respectively. The Badgers played in the Champs Sports Bowl in 2008 and 2009, with
their last bowl game win over the Miami Hurricanes in 2009 in the Champs Sports Bowl. Overall, the Badgers are 11-13 in bowl
games, also having made appearances in bowls such as the Garden State Bowl, Independence Bowl, Hall of Fame Classic Bowl,
Copper Bowl, Outback Bowl, Sun Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Music City Bowl and Capital One Bowl.
Wisconsin Badgers Football
The Wisconsin Badgers have had all kinds of players leave the ranks of Wisconsin to go onto NFL stardom, and
there are dozens of current NFL players that wore the red and white of Wisconsin during their college days. With all of the
professional athletes to have come out of Wisconsin, only a handful of jersey numbers have been retired for Badgers football.
These include: No. 33 Ron Dayne, No. 35 Alan Ameche, No. 40 Elroy Hirsch, No. 80 Dave Schreiner, No. 83 Allan Shafer, and
No. 88 Pat Richter. Current NFL players that played college ball at Wisconsin include Russell Wilson, Montee Ball, Jake Byrne,
Owen Daniels, Bradie Ewing, Jim Leonhard, DeAndre Levy, Scott Tolzien and Nick Toon, among several others.