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May 29, 2013

UW adds another night game





The Wisconsin Badgers won't play any home night games during the 2013 season, but fans will have plenty of chances to see them play under the lights when they go out on the road.

The Pac-12 conference announced that the Badgers will play Arizona State at 9:30 p.m. CST on Sept. 14, giving the Badgers their third road night game of the season.

The addition of a third night game could complicate things for the Badgers, who on paper look to have one of the softer scheduled in the Big Ten. A road trip to Tempe was never going to be easy for the Badgers, but it kicks off a tough slate for the Badgers that could determine if they can repeat as Big Ten Champions for the fourth year in a row.

The Badgers are also slated to play Ohio State and Illinois at 7 p.m. CST on Sept. 28 and Oct. 19, respectively. The addition of Arizona State gives the Badgers three road night games in the span of six weeks, with a bye week during the fourth week of that stretch.

The Badgers are 31-6 during their last 37 night games dating back to 1995, but the Badgers haven't played three night games in one season before. However, the Badgers have played in three night games during five of their last six seasons.

The Badgers went 1-1 in night games last season, when they beat Gary Andersen's Utah State squad 16-14 and fell to Nebraska two weeks later 30-27.

Wisconsin last played Arizona State in 2010, when the Badgers eked out a 20-19 win after safety Jay Valai blocked an extra point in the game's final minutes. Arizona State holds the all-time series lead at 2-1, with their two wins coming in in 1968 and 1967.

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