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What Bowl Game is Wisconsin Football Expected to Play in?



Wisconsin Badgers Football head coach Luke Fickell at fall camp
Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell watches a drill during fall training camp at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023.

It’s hard to believe, but the Wisconsin Football team is already in its third week of fall camp. Only a few weeks remain until the season opener on September 2 against Buffalo.

Throughout the year in the college football world, experts release their bowl projections and where they see each team falling. I looked up different projections to see where experts saw the Wisconsin Badgers—the results were a little crazy, to say the least.

What Are the Bowl Projections for Wisconsin Football?

Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Chimere Dike runs through a drill during fall training camp at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023.

I looked up projections from the following experts and sites:

-Steve Lasson of Athlon Sports

-Jerry Palm of CBS Sports

-Oliver Hodgkinson of College Football Network

-Brett McMurphy of Action Network

-Joe DiJullio of The Game Haus

All five experts projected the Wisconsin Badgers to play in the Citrus Bowl. They also projected the exact same opponent. That would be Tennessee out of the SEC.

The Citrus Bowl is played on New Year’s Day. The game will be played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando this year and is reserved for a team from the Big Ten and the SEC.

Why the Citrus Bowl?

Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Tanner Mordecai (8) runs through a drill during fall training camp at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2023.

After looking further into these projections, I saw another common theme. There were three Big Ten teams projected to play in New Year’s Six Games. Ohio State, Michigan, and Penn State were all picked to be in these games.

I was a little surprised by this. Why? It’s hard to see two teams not only from the same conference but the same division of that conference in a set of games reserved for the best 12 teams in the country. Two of those teams won’t even play in the Big Ten Championship Game, either.

However, if Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan won all their games besides playing each other, I think that can be up for discussion.

Obviously, there is still an entire season to play, but there seems to be a common theme regarding Wisconsin football with several different CFB bowl experts.

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Dylan began as a staff writer for Badger Notes in August 2023. He has written about Wisconsin Badger Football and Men's Basketball since May 2020. Dylan's work has been featured on Yard Barker, NewsBreak, and Bleacher Reports