Primetime Start for Wisconsin

Kicking the season off in the state of Texas for the second straight season, Wisconsin will matchup with Alabama in primetime on September 5.

MADISON - After falling short in last season's opener against a SEC opponent, the University of Wisconsin will get a shot at another one of college football's name brands in primetime.

The Badgers’ season-opening showdown with Alabama in the AdvoCare Classic has been selected as ABC’s first Saturday Night Football broadcast of the college football season, the network announced Thursday. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. (CT) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The game will be the first for Paul Chryst as head coach of the Badgers and will mark the second all-time meeting between Wisconsin and Alabama. UW scored a 15-0 win at Camp Randall Stadium in the teams’ only prior meeting in 1928.

The matchup with Alabama marks the second of three straight season openers for Wisconsin against opponents from the Southeastern Conference. The Badgers faced LSU in last year’s AdvoCare Texas Kickoff in Houston and will take on the Tigers again on Sept. 3, 2016, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.

Alabama finished the season 12-2 overall and ranked No. 4 in the final AP Top 25 after a loss to eventual national champion Ohio State in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The Badgers finished 11-3 and ranked No. 13 following their defeat of Auburn in the Outback Bowl.

Thursday’s announcement gives the Badgers at two prime-time games in 2015, as UW’s Sept. 26 matchup with Hawaii at Camp Randall will also kick off at 7 p.m. Wisconsin is 36-29 all-time in night games, including a 6-3 mark on neutral fields.

Game times have also been announced for UW’s Oct. 17 Homecoming game vs. Purdue (11 a.m.), Oct. 24 matchup at Illinois (2:30 p.m.) and inaugural trip to College Park, Maryland, to take on the Terrapins on Nov. 7 (2:30 p.m.).

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