If you want to plan ahead, go ahead and pencil in a good ACC vs. Big Ten battle for the Wisconsin Badgers in 2026-27. That’s because the Badgers football program announced a home-and-home series with the Pittsburgh Panthers for those two seasons.
Got plans for 2026 and 2027?
We’ve got a couple dates that you can go ahead and circle…
Wisconsin 🆚 Pittsburgh 🔜🏈🙌 pic.twitter.com/5F6XP1TWRy
— Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) May 24, 2018
The first game in the series will be played in Madison, with the Badgers making the trek to the Steel City the following year. It’s also the first non-conference set of games announced for both seasons.
UW will take on a pretty unfamiliar opponent in terms of history, with the two program having only met three other times in their history. It’s a 3-0 lead for the Panthers program, who began the series back in 1937 with a 21-0 victory in Pittsburgh. The Panthers won the next season 26-6 and then again in 1967 by a 13-11 margin.
As for the teams as they stand, this could be a really interesting matchup should everything be in place then as it is today. It would be a matchup of former coach against his old team, as Paul Chryst takes on the team that gave him his first head coaching.
It could also be a very familiar name on the Pitt sideline, as long-time Michigan State defensive coordinator is currently Pitt’s head coach.
Of course, this series is so far in to the future, there’s no way to know if the players involved today will still be there nearly a decade in to the future. Either way, the Badgers have themselves a potentially quality home-and-home series with another Power 5 program.
In a day and age when those games have been few and far between in Madison, this series should be a welcome sight.