Badgers Accept Outback Bowl Invite

Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez announced Wednesday that the Badgers have accepted a bid to play in the Outback Bowl against a to be determined SEC opponent.

MADISON - The University of Wisconsin has accepted an invitation to play in the Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla., on Jan. 1, 2008, UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez announced on Wednesday.

The Badgers (9-3), who will be playing in the 19th bowl game in school history, will face a yet-to-be-determined opponent from the Southeastern Conference at Raymond James Stadium in a game to be televised live on ESPN. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. EST (10 a.m. CST).

Fans may purchase tickets starting on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at noon CST. Tickets are available at the UW's McGinnis Family Athletic Ticket Office (south end of Camp Randall Stadium), by calling 1-800-GOBADGERS or via the UW Department of Athletics' official Web site, UWBADGERS.COM.

Badger fans should visit Bowl Central at UWBADGERS.COM for all of the latest information on tickets, tour packages and the Badger football team.

"We're absolutely thrilled to be returning to Tampa for the Outback Bowl," UW Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said. "It has been a tremendous destination for us the previous three times we have been there. Our players and fans have always enjoyed the Tampa area and everything the bowl brings to the table."

Head coach Bret Bielema echoed Alvarez's sentiments.

"Our entire team is excited to be returning to Florida for our fourth straight January bowl game," Bielema said. "We've always heard terrific feedback from our fans who have followed us to Tampa in the past and I know we'll have a big sea of red down there again. We're looking forward to the warm weather, hospitality and a great game on New Year's Day."

The Badgers are participating in their 13th bowl game in the past 15 seasons, including their school-record sixth consecutive appearance this year. Among Big Ten schools, only Michigan (15 appearances in the past 15 seasons) and Ohio State (14 of 15) can match Wisconsin's number of bowl games since 1993. Wisconsin is 9-3 (.750) in its last 12 bowl appearances. That mark is better than both Ohio State (7-6, .538) and Michigan (7-7, .500) during the same stretch (1993-2006).

Wisconsin has played in the Outback Bowl three times. The Badgers knocked off Duke, 34-20, in the 1995 game (then known as the Hall of Fame Bowl). UW then dropped a pair of games with Georgia in 1998 and 2005, respectively.

Capital One Bowl Statement

On behalf of its 2007-08 Selection Committee, Florida Citrus Sports Team Selection Committee Chairman Tony Martin and Executive Director Steve Hogan have released the following statement in regard to the University of Wisconsin:

"While working to select participating teams for this year's Capital One Bowl, it has become clear that we are fortunate to have four outstanding teams available to us in the Big Ten Conference. Illinois (9-3, 6-2), Michigan (8-4, 6-2), Wisconsin (9-3, 5-3) and Penn State (8-4, 4-4) are schools which have had comparatively successful seasons, whose programs are steeped in tradition, and whose fans are amongst the finest in the country.

"Postseason bowl trips should be an exciting experience which serves to reward a deserving team, its coaches, administrators and fans for a successful season. When considering that the University of Wisconsin has appeared in Orlando each of the past two years, there are four comparably deserving teams available, and after consulting with our Team Selection Committee as well as officials from Wisconsin and the Big Ten, it has been decided that it is in the best interests of all concerned to release the Badgers from Capital One Bowl consideration. We believe this will help expedite the process of selecting a postseason destination for the University of Wisconsin and its fans."

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