Badgers Add Opponent for 2010

While the Badgers are focused on their 2009 schedule, the Wisconsin athletic department is busy putting the final touches on its 2010 schedule. Needing to fill two non-conference games for next September, Wisconsin will face WAC opponent San Jose State in a September home contest.

MADISON – There's been no question that Wisconsin fans have been pleading, hoping and praying that the Badgers will beef up their non-conference schedule with bigger names, better teams and, more importantly, Division 1 opponents, giving season ticket holders a little more bang for their buck.

While this latest opponent might not be a big name, San Jose State certainly fits into the last two categories.

With two open spots in Wisconsin's 2010 football schedule, Badger Nation has learned that the Badgers have tentatively filled the September 11 slot with San Jose State, an up-and-coming school in the Western Athletic Conference.

San Jose State was originally scheduled to play Arizona State on that date, but because of California's budget crisis, the Spartans, according to Scout's Don Hoekwater have been forced to adjust the football schedule to bring in more guaranteed capital in road games. Adding the Alabama and Wisconsin games will bring in an estimated $1.9 million to the athletic program, according to Hoekwater.

The Badgers will tentatively host Arizona State on September 18.

This season, SJSU non-conference schedule includes road games at USC and Stanford while having home games against Cal Poly, Idaho and Utah.

Led by head football coach Dick Tomey, the Spartans finished 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the competitive WAC conference. San Jose State started off 6-3, but lost its last three games and did not earn a bowl invitation. One of the big reasons the Spartans struggled was their offense, which finished 107th in the country in scoring (18.7 ppg) and 112th in total offense (282.8 ypg).

What made the Spartans so good was their defense, as San Jose State ranked in the top-25 in pass defense efficiency, quarterback sacks and intercepted passes among FBS schools.

The Spartans will be the fourth matchup with a WAC school Wisconsin will have in a three-year span (Fresno State in both 2008 and 2009 and Hawaii in 2009). The Badgers have faced the Spartans only once in the two school's history, a 56-10 victory in Madison in 1997.

Wisconsin will add one more non-conference game to the 2010 schedule, likely against a FCS (formerly Division I-AA) opponent to be named at a later date.

2010 Wisconsin Football Tentative Schedule

DATE-OPPONENT

Sept. 4 - at UNLV

Sept. 11 - SAN JOSE STATE

Sept. 18 - ARIZONA STATE

Sept. 25 - TBA

Oct. 2 - at Michigan State

Oct. 9 - MINNESOTA

Oct. 16 - OHIO STATE

Oct. 23 - at Iowa

Oct. 30 - projected bye week

Nov. 6 - at Purdue

Nov. 13 - INDIANA

Nov. 20 - at Michigan

Nov. 27 - NORTHWESTERN

Home games are in CAPS


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