Although Wisconsin knew it was headed somewhere in the Lone Star state this December, confirmation finally came today when the Badgers accepted an invitation to play Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Alamo Bowl.
"I received a call from (Executive Director and President of the Alamo Bowl) Derrick Fox, and went on with them and he officially offered the invitation," Wisconsin Head Coach Barry Alvarez said. "I am thrilled and I think that our players are thrilled and I anticipate that our fans are thrilled."
The Alamo Bowl, held in San Antonio, fits the Badgers nicely. With many young players never having had the opportunity to participate in a bowl game, the Alamo Bowl will no doubt be a remarkable experience for Wisconsin, as San Antonio has long been known as an outstanding venue for major sporting events.
"We are extremely excited and enthused about going to the Alamo Bowl," Wisconsin Athletic Director Pat Richter said. "For one reason or another over the last few years we have always had conversations, and have never ended up in the Alamo Bowl. But from what we have heard and from what other people have talked about, this is an outstanding bowl game."
The opponent for Wisconsin has yet to be determined, as this weekend's Big XII championship game will have a major impact on who will represent the conference in the bowl. Four teams have been mentioned as possible opponents for Wisconsin. Three of the four possible teams – Oklahoma, Colorado, and Kansas State – are in the top 12 and Texas Tech rounds out Wisconsin's potential opponents.
If Oklahoma defeats Colorado in the title game Saturday, the Buffaloes are the most likely opponent for UW.
"I know it will be a quality opponent," Alvarez said. "I know we will have our work cut out for us…we have played a number of good teams already and we know we will play a good team."
No matter which football program squares off against Wisconsin, the Badgers are enjoying the invitation to an extremely attractive bowl game.
"Our football team is extremely excited to get an opportunity to extend its season, once again participate in the postseason, travel to a wonderful destination and enjoy all of the tremendous benefits of a first class bowl," Alvarez said.
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