In what is becoming an increasingly rare situation, the Wisconsin Badgers announced a massive home-and-home series with a fellow Power 5 conference opponent on Tuesday afternoon.
That home-and-home matchup will be between the Badgers and the UCLA Bruins. It is scheduled for the 2029 and 2030 seasons, so we all know a lot can change between now and then.
Still, this is a major win for fans, as it means for a rare trip to the Rose Bowl without actually playing in it. It also means a rare regular season matchup with UCLA as well.
“UCLA is one of the premier programs in college football,” UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said in a statement release by the school. “We had some memorable bowl games when I was on the sidelines but this is a great opportunity for us to play them at Camp Randall. Non-conference scheduling is always a challenge but the folks at UCLA have been great to deal with and we look forward to the series.”
One trend that seems to be continuing as Alvarez prepares for retirement sometime in the not-so-distant future is setting up big matchups for the football program.
In addition to the series with UCLA, Wisconsin has already announced upcoming home-and-home series with Syracuse (2020 and 2021), Washington State (2022 and 2023), Hawaii (2022 and 2024) and Virginia Tech (2024 and 2025).
All but the Rainbow Warriors are in a Power 5 conference and all are nearly annual bowl game contenders and should be when they play the Badgers.
As for the series with UCLA, it hasn’t been a lot of fun outside of Pasadena. UW has hosted the Bruins five times at Camp Randall and lost all five of those matchups. However, the Badgers own a three-game winning streak in the series with all three coming in bowl games.
Wisconsin has twice beaten the Bruins in the Rose Bowl and also own a win over them in the Sun Bowl. That last victory came in the 2000 Sun Bowl following the 2000 season.
Here is a look at future non-conference matchups for the Badgers in general: