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.
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
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