Wisconsin went three years between home night games at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers don’t have to wait nearly as long for the next one.
Facing one of its toughest schedules in recent memory, with 10 of the 12 scheduled teams participating in bowl games last season, Wisconsin will host a pair of night games this October with Ohio State (Oct.15 at 7 p.m.) and Nebraska (Oct.29 at 6 p.m.). Both games will be on an ESPN network.
Monday's announcement by ESPN of its prime time lineup brings conference night games back to the Badgers' home field for the first time since 2011. That's when Wisconsin scored a 48-17 win over Nebraska in the Huskers' first-ever Big Ten game.
Prior to that, the most recent Big Ten night game in Madison was UW's thrilling 31-18 win over No. 1-ranked Ohio State in 2010, the third all-time meeting between the teams under the lights at Camp Randall. UW also scored a 17-10 win in 2003 and Ohio State claimed a 20-17 triumph in 2008.
The Badgers are 12-4 all-time in night games at Camp Randall, including a mark of 6-3 against Big Ten opponents.
Wisconsin could realistically play a third night game, as the time for its season opener against LSU at Lambeau Field has not been announced. Kickoff times for the remainder of Wisconsin's schedule have yet to be determined.