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Wisconsin Football to Face LSU in ReliaQuest Bowl

For the 22nd consecutive season, Wisconsin football is headed to a bowl game.



Wisconsin Badgers Football head coach Luke Fickell
Sep 16, 2023; Madison, Wisconsin, USA; Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell prior to the game against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Following a 7-5 regular season, Luke Fickell and the University of Wisconsin football program are officially heading to the ReliaQuest Bowl.  

The Badgers will face Brian Kelly and the 9-3 LSU Tigers from the SEC on January 1 at noon Eastern time, which will be televised on ESPN2. 

The ReliaQuest Bowl, an annual college football bowl game held in Tampa, Florida, was previously named the Hall of Fame Bowl from 1986 to 1995 and the Outback Bowl from 1996 to 2022. Initially hosted at Tampa Stadium from 1986 to 1999, the game relocated to the newly constructed Raymond James Stadium after that.

Wisconsin Football to Play LSU in the ReliaQuest Bowl 

This marks the 22nd consecutive season the Wisconsin Badgers will play in a bowl game — the third-longest active bowl streak in the country behind only Georgia and Oklahoma. Not to mention, UW has won eight of their last nine bowl games. 

“We’re extremely excited to be playing in the ReliaQuest Bowl, said Badgers Coach Luke Fickell. “It’s a great opportunity for our young men who have battled throughout this season and to get closure for what they have done, not just for our seniors but for our entire program. We’re really excited about coming to Tampa for a great bowl game.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to be playing in the ReliaQuest Bowl, adds Badgers Athletic Director Chris McIntosh. “Bowl games are a great reward and opportunity after a successful season and it’s going to be a terrific experience for our players and fans. Tampa is a great city in an area full of Badger alumni and we look forward to showcasing Wisconsin football against LSU in a terrific bowl game.”

This will be the fifth time Wisconsin football and LSU have played each other — with the all-time record sitting at 1-3 in favor of the Tigers. The two programs haven’t played one another since they squared off at Lambeau Field back in 2016, where the Badgers walked away with a 16-14 win.

The last time the University of Wisconsin played in this bowl (formerly known as the Outback Bowl), the Badgers took down Auburn 34-31 in 2015.

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