Badger Football Inks Deal with Cal Poly

Although it appeared Wisconsin was looking for a multi-year deal, the Badgers have inked a home matchup against Cal Poly, a move that completes its 2008 season schedule.

MADISON - With the Wisconsin football team looking for the elusive 12th game to fill its 2008 non-conference schedules, the Badgers found it, although it's not the marquee opponent Wisconsin fans were hoping for.

Announcing their 2008 schedule today, the Wisconsin football team, ranked as high as seventh in the country in some preseason polls, will host Cal Poly, a Football Championship Subdivision program (formerly Division I-AA), on November 22nd at Camp Randall, a move that would complete its 2008 season.

Much like the 2006 non-conference game against Buffalo, Wisconsin will host the Mustangs after they have completed its Big Ten Conference schedule, which is a home matchup against Minnesota.

Competing in the Great West Conference, the Mustangs finished 7-4 last season and finished No. 24 in the FCS media poll, marking the fourth consecutive season Cal Poly finished has finished in that poll's top 25.

The potential matchup would be Cal Poly's first against a BCS program at the Division I level, although the Mustangs have competed against I-A teams before, losing to San Jose State (17-7) and defeated San Diego State (16-14) during the 2006 season.

Overall, Cal Poly is 2-5 against I-A teams under head coach Rich Ellerson.

Wisconsin is 2-0 in FCS games under head coach Bret Bielema, beating the Citadel 45-31 in 2007 and Western Illinois 34-10 in 2006.

On paper, Cal Poly is no pushover, however, winning 40 of its last 58 games, 15 of its last 26 road games and have won seven of more games each of the last five seasons, a program record.

Only needed to replace one offensive starter from a team that finished second in the nation in total offense (487.1 ypg), the Mustangs set a school record for points in a season (432, 39.3 ppg) and scored 30 or more points seven times.

Check out Wisconsin's Full Schedule here

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