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Report: Wisconsin Football Might Add International Twist to Non-conference Schedule

Wisconsin football might be heading across the pond for a non-conference game in 2027.



Wisconsin football; Badgers players Tanner Mordecai and Chimere Dike celebrate a touchdown.
Sep 16, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) celebrates wth wide receiver Chimere Dike (13) after scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Conference realignment has forced teams to have ongoing discussions regarding their non-conference scheduling, and the latest report suggests that the Luke Fickell & the Wisconsin football program might have a plot twist in store.

According to a report from Mike Vukovcan — his sources have indicated that Wisconsin is currently engaged in advanced negotiations with Pitt to make adjustments to their home-and-home series set to begin in 2026 that fans may or may not be excited about. 

Wisconsin Football Could Be Heading Overseas

If the report is accurate, the first game will occur at Camp Randall Stadium when Pitt kicks off their home-and-home against the Wisconsin football team in 2026. However, the following season’s game against the Panthers might have a captivating plot twist—reporting suggests it’s slated to take place on Irish turf. 

This intriguing development suggests that the anticipated 2027 rematch may find its home in the enchanting landscapes of Ireland. Should this arrangement materialize, it promises to inject a unique and exhilarating dimension into the Wisconsin non-conference slate. 

It’s important to remember that neither school has publicly confirmed this report. Still, as the finer details continue to emerge, we’ll keep you updated because this would be a significant bit of news for Wisconsin football fans. 

Regardless of how this shakes out, the Badgers new coaching staff and athletic department have big plans to continue building the school’s brand.

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Trevor Lovec is a freelance sports writer, correspondent, and a diehard Northern Iowa fan. He covers Wisconsin football & basketball, plus a little Badgers recruiting.