Wisconsin, Alabama will open 2015 season at Cowboys Stadium

Wisconsin, Alabama will open 2015 season at Cowboys Stadium

Barry Alvarez and Gary Andersen are excited about the Badgers' 2015 season opener vs. Bama. (AP)

Barry Alvarez and Gary Andersen are excited about the Badgers’ 2015 season opener vs. Bama. (AP)

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]fter months of speculation, it’s finally official.

Alabama and Wisconsin will meet at Cowboys Stadium to open the 2015 season.

Wisconsin announced the matchup, which will be played on Sept. 5, in a release Wednesday afternoon.

Big Ten athletic directors agreed last month to upgrade their non-conference schedules. The Badgers are holding up their end of the bargain.

“We understand that strength of schedule will be a factor in determining which teams earn the right to participate in the new four-team playoff system and we want to be in that mix,” Wisconsin athletics director Barry Alvarez said in the release. “There’s no better way to do that than by playing the defending national champions.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play a storied program like Alabama in a terrific venue like Cowboys Stadium. It will be a great experience for our program, our players and our fans.”

First-year Badger head coach Gary Andersen called the game a “tremendous opportunity.’

Kickoff time and television network have yet to be determined.

The two teams have met just one time in the schools’ history, a 15-0 Badger victory in 1928 at Camp Randall Stadium.

Wisconsin has not played an SEC team since playing five consecutive bowl games against the conference from 2003-07. Wisconsin went 2-3 in those games.

The Badgers have not played an SEC team during the regular season since a 27-7 loss to LSU in 1972.

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