Date/Time - Saturday, September 3 at 2:36 p.m. CT
Stadium – Lambeau Field in Green Bay (81,435/Grass)
Television – ABC (Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Todd McShay)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Mark Tauscher). National radio on Westwood One
Series – LSU leads 3-0 (LSU leads 1-0 in neutral sites)
Last Meeting - LSU won, 28-24, on August 30, 2004 in Houston
The Lambeau Field College Classic marks only the fifth regular-game for the Badgers against an SEC opponent in the modern era (since 1946). Three of the four previous games have come against LSU (1971, 1972, 2014). The Badgers also faced Alabama in last year’s season opener.
Including bowl games, the Badgers are 3-4 in their last seven meetings with SEC opponents. Their most recent win was a 34-31 triumph over Auburn in the 2015 Outback Bowl.
First-year LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda joined the Tigers following three highly-successful years as the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin from 2013-15. In Aranda’s final season in Madison, the Badgers led the nation in scoring defense, at 13.7 points per game, and ranked No. 2 nationally in total defense, at 268.5 yards per game.
Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst’s father, George, was in his first season on the sideline as an assistant coach for the Badgers when UW faced ninth-ranked LSU in Baton Rouge in 1972. George Chryst was an assistant at Wisconsin from 1972-77.
LSU’s run of 52 consecutive regular-season wins against non-conference opponents is the best in FBS history. UW ranks No. 4 all-time on that list with its run of 33 straight regular-season nonconference triumphs from Sept. 20, 2003 to Sept. 1, 2012. The Tigers haven’t lost to a nonconference foe in the regular season since a 26-8 setback to Virginia Tech in their 2002 season opener.
Since LSU’s streak began on Sept. 7, 2002, the Tigers and Badgers rank 1-2 nationally in both wins and winning percentage in regular-season nonconference games.
LSU is 9-4-1 against Big Ten opponents when the school was actually in the Big Ten Conference. The Tigers are 9-10-2 all-time against current members of the Big Ten when factoring in LSU's record against Nebraska (0-5-1 as Big 8/Big 12 member) and Penn State (0-1 as independent)
Wisconsin Notes to Consider
The matchup with LSU will mark the 23rd time in the modern era (since 1946) that Wisconsin has opened a season against a nonconference foe currently affiliated with one of the Power Five conferences, with the Badgers owning a 10-11-1 record.
The Badgers have not played a game in the state of Wisconsin outside of Madison since scoring a 21-0 win over Notre Dame in Milwaukee on Oct. 14, 1905. The Badgers also have played games in Wisconsin in the cities of Beloit and Marinette.
Chryst was one of four first-year coaches to lead his team to a double-digit win total in 2015, joining Florida’s Jim McElwain (10-4), Houston’s Tom Herman (13-1) and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh (10-3).
The Badgers have just six seniors among the 22 projected starters in their season-opening depth chart: QB Bart Houston, RB Corey Clement, WR Rob Wheelwright, OLB Vince Biegel, FS Leo Musso and CB Sojourn Shelton.
LSU Notes to Consider
Last year, LSU scored 48 offensive TDs (35 rushing, 13 passing) and the Tigers return every player in 2016 who scored an offensive touchdown last season. Tailback Leonard Fournette led the way with 23 total TDs.
LSU is 55-6 under Miles when a running back reaches the 100-yard mark, which includes a 13-2 record when Fournette goes over the century mark. LSU was 9-1 in 2015 and 4-1 in 2014 when Fournette reached 100 rushing yards in a game.
Since Miles took over at LSU, the Tigers have been represented in the AP and Amway Coaches' Poll 168 of the 177 weeks. The exception came during the final three polls of the 2008 season, five weeks in 2014 and the week heading into the Texas A&M game last season.
LSU is 38-4 in games played in September under Miles dating back to 2005. Two of the four September losses have come on the road: at Auburn in 2006 and at Georgia in 2013.