The Hokies and Badgers won’t play their long-anticipated football series now until 2019 and 2020, according to Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver.
The teams will play at Wisconsin, Sept. 14, 2019, and in Blacksburg on Sept. 12, 2020. Weaver said he has a signed addendum to the original contract saying as much.
Weaver said the Hokies are in talks to replace the Badgers with a “major conference opponent” in 2016 and ’17 but declined to say what team. Weaver said an agreement is in place and that he thinks it will be finalized within the next week.
The news came not long after word got out that Wisconsin and LSU will play neutral site games to start the 2014 and ’16 seasons, a pair of ESPN matchups that prompted the change to the Hokies game. Virginia Tech was scheduled to play Wisconsin at home in 2016 and on the road in 2017.
The series with Wisconsin has now twice been postponed. It was originally supposed to start in 2008, although the Badgers asked to move it back. Tech replaced Wisconsin with Nebraska.
The Hokies currently have openings for a BCS level foe on the schedule in ’17 and ’18, although the unnamed major conference opponent should fill slots in 2016 and ’17 and Notre Dame will pop onto the schedule again once between 2017-19.
Here’s a look at major conference opponents the Hokies have lined up down the line:
- 2014: at Ohio State
- 2015: vs. Ohio State
- 2016: at Notre Dame
- 2017: none
- 2018: none
- 2019: at Wisconsin
- 2020: vs. Wisconsin, at Michigan
- 2021: vs. Michigan, at West Virginia
- 2022: vs. West Virginia