The Owls replace Western Michigan on the Badgers' schedule. The Mid-American Conference had asked UW to release WMU from its contract, due to a scheduling conflict involving Toledo and the MAC's television contract with ESPN.
Temple was recently released from its previously scheduled Sept. 10 home game with North Carolina State, freeing the Owls for the travel date to Wisconsin. The MAC also recently announced that it will be accepting Temple as a football-only member in 2007. The Owls will play football as an independent this fall; they played football in the Big East from 1991-2004, but were kicked out of the league in November.
Temple also juggled its schedule to add a Sept. 24 game versus Western Michigan to its slate, giving the Owls four MAC opponents this season. Temple had previously been scheduled to play Middle Tennessee State Sept. 24. The Blue Raiders are now set to travel to N.C. State Nov. 19 and to play at Troy Nov. 26. MTSU had originally been scheduled to travel to Troy, Ala., Nov. 19.
Temple finished last season 2-9 overall, including a 1-5 mark in the Big East. Wisconsin was 9-3 overall, 6-2 in the Big Ten. The Badgers open their season Sept. 3, when another MAC team, Bowling Green (9-3 overall, 6-2 MAC last year), visits Madison.
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