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Wisconsin Badgers schedule football series with Utah starting in 2028

Wisconsin Badgers schedule football series with Utah starting in 2028

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A collection of the most interesting quotes and thoughts from Badgers players and coaches during spring practices.

The University of Wisconsin football program announced Monday a future home-and-home series against Utah.

The pair of games begin in seven years, when the Badgers host the Utes on Sept. 16, 2028, and UW will travel to Salt Lake City on Sept. 10, 2033. The 2028 matchup is the first game the Badgers have scheduled for that season.

UW holds a 2-1 record all-time against Utah but hasn’t played the Utes since 1996, when the Badgers won the Copper Bowl 38-10. The other two meetings, in 1961 and 1987, were in Madison.

The Badgers have a home-and-home series planned against one of the Utes’ Pac-12 Conference counterparts, Washington State, in the 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Here’s a look at UW’s scheduled nonconference games against Power Five opponents in upcoming seasons:

  • 2021: vs. Notre Dame (at Soldier Field)
  • 2022: Washington State
  • 2023: at Washington State
  • 2024: Alabama
  • 2025: at Alabama
  • 2026: Pittsburgh
  • 2027: at Pittsburgh
  • 2028: Utah
  • 2029: at UCLA
  • 2030: UCLA
  • 2031: at Virginia Tech
  • 2032: Virginia Tech
  • 2033: at Utah

Check out the State Journal's coverage of Wisconsin Badgers spring football practices

Stories, videos and podcasts covered all the action and news from UW football spring practices. 

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Badgers’ head coach Paul Chryst on Monday shared eagerness both for his new group of coaches and for returning to the practice field with his players.

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Weight jumps and dips, new numbers and new COVID protocols: Here's what you need to know. 

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"I love this group of kids and I want to continue to develop them. And with COVID being the way it was last year, I’d have felt a specific way about myself having left after that season," Leonhard said.

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State Journal beat reporters Colten Bartholomew, Todd Milewski and Jim Polzin get together over Zoom for a special episode dedicated to the impending retirement of University of Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez.

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UW quarterbacks say Badgers head coach Paul Chryst's conversational approach is deepening their understanding of system. 

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After a bicep tear ended his 2020 season early, UW senior defensive end Matt Henningsen is making his voice heard on and off the field.

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"For Wisconsin football and Wisconsin athletics in general, he's put the ‘W’ on the map.”

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Once it was over, Graham Mertz took time to reflect after his first college football season as a starter.

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“Every time you get to your senior year, you kind of feel a responsibility that it’s kind of your time to take over the reins,” Logan Bruss said. 

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State Journal beat reporters Colten Bartholomew and Jim Polzin get together over Zoom and discuss Barry Alvarez’s retirement ceremony, the search for the Badgers’ next AD and UW’s spring football practices.

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“Man, Witt’s a dog,” sophomore Nick Herbig said. “He doesn't always get his job done in the prettiest way, but he gets his job done. No matter what, he’s scrapping, clawing, he's fighting every rep."

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“You want the ability for a lot of guys to get reps. And the first thing to go is the number of reps when you don't have (healthy players), or those guys that need the reps aren't practicing," UW coach Paul Chryst said.

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“What I do is special, whether it's in the NFL or college or wherever, every day is a gift and every day is special," Badgers RB coach Gary Brown told reporters. 

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At UW’s second open practice of the spring on Tuesday, a handful of young players showed promise and might be carving out paths to playing time.

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Making headway and earning reps at inside linebacker for the loaded Badgers is a difficult task, but sophomore Tatum Grass was able to do that last season despite being a redshirt freshman walk-on and still new to the position.

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Following a COVID-19 diagnosis, sophomore linebacker Maema Njongmeta's cardiac testing revealed an effusion. 

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Jake Ferguson breaks down why he returned to Wisconsin, the dynamics of the tight end meeting room, what he makes fun of coach Mickey Turner about, how veterans get through spring practices.

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Improvements as a blocker and his first big play in college have junior tight end Jack Eschenbach ready for a breakout 2021 season. 

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Chimere Dike showed big-play ability, tight ends were all over the field and Leo Chenal shined at the Badgers' ninth spring practice. 

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Dean Engram and Alexander Smith have earned most of their playing time the past three seasons on special teams units.

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“He told us that he wanted corners that played with a dog mentality. He just want dogs out there on the island," Badgers junior Alexander Smith said of  new cornerbacks coach Hank Poteat. 

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The Badgers passing offense could be "explosive" if UW's top wide receivers can stay healthy this season. 

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State Journal beat reporters Colten Bartholomew and Jim Polzin get together over Zoom for a special episode of the show: UW senior cornerbacks Faion Hicks and Caesar Williams enter the Red Zone!

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A look at how special teams coach Chris Haering will choose a starting kicker, plus new on the return units and long-snapper position. 

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The offense lacked same crispness it has had in other practice sessions. 

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"The age of football that we're in with all the spread, all the RPO, you can create some issues," Jim Leonhard said of using his safeties at different positions. 

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Defenders and ball-carriers weren’t shy about laying a solid hit on a teammate during 11-on-11 portions of Tuesday's spring practice.

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Who made the biggest impressions for the Badgers this spring? Who made the biggest leaps from last fall? What questions remain? State Journal beat reporter Colten Bartholomew breaks it down.

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State Journal beat reporters Colten Bartholomew and Jim Polzin get together over Zoom and discuss the news coming from Badgers football spring practices and basketball coaching rumors.

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“The first thing when we got back that we talked about was just being a team again,” sophomore quarterback Graham Mertz said.

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