Badger fans already knew that Wisconsin and BYU would play each other at Camp Randall Stadium on Nov. 9, 2013. On Thursday, the two schools announced a home-and-home series for 2017 and 2018.
"I'm excited to play three games against BYU," UW head coach Bret Bielema said. "As we continue to strengthen our non-conference schedule it's great to have a team with the history of success that BYU has come to Camp Randall Stadium. It also provides an opportunity for our fans to travel to one of the great venues in college football, LaVell Edwards Stadium."
In 2017, UW will make its first visit to Provo, Utah, as the Badgers and Cougars square off in LaVell Edwards Stadium. In 2018, BYU will return to Camp Randall Stadium.
Wisconsin and BYU have been two of the most successful programs in recent history. Since 2006, Bielema's first season at UW, the Badgers are 64-21 while the Cougars are 64-19. BYU's winning percentage over that span is 10th-best in the country while Wisconsin's is 11th. UW has been to a bowl game 10 straight seasons, while BYU's current streak is seven.
The home-and-home series with BYU is in addition to future home-and-home series Wisconsin has already scheduled with BCS teams Washington State (2014 in Pullman and 2015 in Madison), Virginia Tech (2016 in Blacksburg and 2017 in Madison) and Washington (2018 in Seattle and 2019 in Madison).