Big Ten Announce 2016 & 2017 Conference Schedules

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Badgers will finish regular season against rival Gophers on Thanksgiving weekend four straight years starting in 2014

MADISON, Wis. – The 2016 Big Ten football season will mark the advent of a nine-game conference schedule for the first time since 1984. On Thursday, the league announced what that conference slate will look like in the first two seasons.

 In both 2016 and 2017, Wisconsin will play six games against its West Division rivals and three crossover games against East Division teams. In 2016 the three crossover games are against Michigan (away), Michigan State (away) and Ohio State (home). The following year, UW will face Maryland (home), Indiana (away) and Michigan (home)

 Big Ten West Division teams will have four home conference games in 2016 and five home league games in 2017. For the Badgers, that means Ohio State, Nebraska, Illinois and Minnesota will visit Camp Randall Stadium in 2016 and Northwestern, Purdue, Maryland, Iowa and Michigan will come to Madison in 2017.

 In each of 2016 and 2017, Wisconsin and Minnesota will square off on Thanksgiving weekend. That means the Battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe will close the regular season for both teams every year beginning in 2014.

 
WISCONSIN FOOTBALL FUTURE SCHEDULES

2013

Aug. 31         UMASS

Sept. 7          TENNESSEE TECH

Sept. 14        at Arizona State

Sept. 21        PURDUE

Sept. 28        at Ohio State

Oct. 5            BYE

Oct. 12          NORTHWESTERN  (HC)

Oct. 19          at Illinois

Oct. 26          BYE

Nov. 2           at Iowa

Nov. 9           BYU

Nov. 16         INDIANA

Nov. 23         at Minnesota

Nov. 30         PENN STATE

Dec. 7            Big Ten Championship

2014

Aug. 30         TBA

Sept. 6          WESTERN ILLINOIS

Sept. 13        TBA

Sept. 20        BOWLING GREEN

Sept. 27        USF

Oct. 4            at Northwestern

Oct. 11          ILLINOIS

Oct. 18          BYE

Oct. 25          MARYLAND

Nov. 1           at Rutgers

Nov. 8           at Purdue

Nov. 15         NEBRASKA

Nov. 22         at Iowa

Nov. 29         MINNESOTA

Dec. 6            Big Ten Championship

 

2015

Sept. 5          vs. Alabama (Cowboys Stadium)

BIG TEN CONFERENCE GAMES

Oct. 3            IOWA

Oct. 10          at Nebraska

Oct. 17          PURDUE

Oct. 24          at Illinois

Oct. 31          RUTGERS

Nov. 7           at Maryland

Nov. 14         BYE

Nov. 21         NORTHWESTERN

Nov. 28         at Minnesota

Dec. 5            Big Ten Championship

              
         
2016

BIG TEN CONFERENCE GAMES ONLY

Oct. 1            at Michigan

Oct. 8            at Michigan State

Oct. 15          OHIO STATE

Oct. 22          at Iowa

Oct. 29          NEBRASKA

Nov. 5           at Northwestern

Nov. 12         ILLINOIS

Nov. 19         at Purdue

Nov. 26         MINNESOTA

Dec. 3            Big Ten Championship

 
2017

BIG TEN CONFERENCE GAMES ONLY

Sept. 30        NORTHWESTERN

Oct. 7            at Nebraska

Oct. 14          PURDUE

Oct. 21          MARYLAND

Oct. 28          at Illinois

Nov. 4           at Indiana

Nov. 11         IOWA

Nov. 18         MICHIGAN

Nov. 25         at Minnesota

Dec. 2            Big Ten Championship

Pedersen Earns Spot on Mackey

Senior again under consideration for award presented to nation’s best tight end

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MADISON, Wis. — For the second-consecutive season, Jacob Pedersen has earned a place on the watch list for the John Mackey Award.

 The Wisconsin senior is among 37 players named to the list of players earning preseason consideration for the award, which is presented annually to the nation’s most outstanding tight end. Pedersen was also on the watch list last season after being named a semifinalist for the award as a sophomore in 2011.

 This marks the sixth time in seven seasons that Wisconsin has placed a tight end on the Mackey Award watch list. Including Pedersen’s nod for the Badgers, seven Big Ten schools are represented on this year’s Mackey Award watch list.

 The term “most outstanding” is a familiar one for Pedersen, who collected first-team All-Big Ten laurels and was named Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year last season. He tallied 27 receptions for 355 yards — an average of 13.1 yards per catch — and scored four touchdowns on the season.

 Pedersen had similar yardage numbers but hauled in eight touchdown receptions in 2011, earning him recognition as Wisconsin’s third-ever Mackey Award semifinalist. He went on to earn second-team All-Big Ten honors.

 With 14 career touchdown receptions, Pedersen enters 2013 needing just one TD grab to match Pat Richter and Lee DeRamus for the ninth-most in UW history (15).

 A midseason watch list for the Mackey Award will be announced on Oct. 14, with the announcement of semifinalist set for Nov. 18 and the finalists to be revealed on Nov. 25.  The 12th edition of the Mackey Award will be presented Dec. 12 during The Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU.

 The Mackey Award is named in honor of Pro Football Hall of Famer John Mackey, who won Super Bowl V with the Baltimore Colts and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection between 1963 and 1968.

 
2013 Award Watch Lists

• Maxwell Award (player of the year): James White

• Bednarik Award (defensive player of the year): Chris Borland

• John Mackey Award (outstanding tight end): Jacob Pedersen

• Paul Hornung Award (most versatile): Jared Abbrederis

White & Borland Named to Watch Lists

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MADISON, Wis. — Senior leaders on both sides of the ball represent Wisconsin on preseason watch lists announced Monday for a pair of major awards.

 Senior RB James White was named to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, presented annually to the national player of the year, while senior LB Chris Borland is a preseason candidate for the Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation’s top defensive player.

 Both lists were announced Monday by the Maxwell Football Club.

 White enters his senior season as the nation’s second-leading rusher among active running backs, owning 2,571 career rushing yards despite making only two starts in his first three seasons at UW. He is the lone active running back in the FBS to boast a career rushing average of better than six yards per carry with his school-record mark of 6.09 yards per attempt.

 A 1,000-yard rusher as a freshman in 2010 (1,052), White has nine career 100-yard games to his credit and enters the season ranked 12th in UW history with his 2,571 career yards. He played in all 14 games for Wisconsin last season, rushing for 806 yards — an average of 6.4 per carry — and finishing with 12 touchdowns. He ran for 119 yards and scored four touchdowns — while throwing for another TD — in UW’s 70-31 win over Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game.

 Borland, featured on the Bednarik watch list for the second-straight season, heads into his final year at UW as a centerpiece of the Badgers’ defense. A first-team All-Big Ten pick each of the last two seasons, Borland has proven himself a play-maker as an inside linebacker.

 With 13 forced fumbles in his career, he needs just one to match the Big Ten record and all-time FBS best of 14. One of those forced fumbles came in the 2012 Big Ten Football Championship Game, with Borland also posting a season-high 13 tackles as the Badgers secured their third-consecutive conference title. He then led the Badgers with nine stops in the Rose Bowl vs. Stanford.

 Borland has 13 sacks and 41.5 tackles for loss — tied for seventh-best in school history — to his credit and begins his senior season ranked 19th all-time at UW with 308 total tackles.

 The Maxwell Award, named in honor of Robert “Tiny” Maxwell, is in its 77th year. The Bednarik Award, honoring Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik, will be presented for the 19th time.

 Ball is one of 28 running backs named the Maxwell Award watch list, which includes a total of nine Big Ten players. Borland is one of 10 players to represent the Big Ten on the Bednarik Award watch list.

 Notre Dame LB Manti Te’o won both the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award last season.

 

2013 Award Watch Lists

• Maxwell (player of the year): James White

• Bednarik (defensive player of the year): Chris Borland

• Hornung (most versatile): Jared Abbrederis

Badgers Youth Football Camp at Camp Randall Saturday

MADISON, Wis. — Aspiring players in kindergarten through eighth grade have the chance to learn football from the Badgers this weekend.

 The Wisconsin football program will host its one-day Youth Camp on Saturday, with the program running from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium.

 Campers will have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of skill stations and take part in activities like “Badger Ball” while receiving instruction from UW head coach Gary Andersen and his staff and players.

 Registrations will be taken until 9:30 a.m. Saturday and must be completed online at UWCamps.com. No on-site registration will be available. The cost is $75, which includes a full day of instruction, lunch, camp t-shirt and a photo with Andersen for each camper.

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