LISTEN: Wisconsin football will play Notre Dame at Lambeau Field and Soldier Field

CHICAGO — It’s official. The Wisconsin and Notre Dame football teams are set to meet for the first time since 1964. The universities have agreed to a two-year, neutral-site football series beginning in 2020.

The Irish and Badgers will play Oct. 3, 2020, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Sept. 25, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez was one of four to make the announcement at a news conference in Chicago Monday morning.

Green Bay Packers President and Chief Executive Officer Mark Murphy was also present at the news conference.

University of Notre Dame Vice President & James E. Rohr Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick also said it will be a great event.

 

The Irish and Badgers have played on 16 previous occasions, with Notre Dame leading the series 8-6-2. Notre Dame earned a 31-7 victory in the most recent meeting between the schools on Sept. 26, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, in Ara Parseghian’s debut as head coach for the Irish. The Irish and Badgers met for the first time on the gridiron on Nov. 10, 1900, when Wisconsin shut out Notre Dame, 54-0. The Badgers captured the first three all-time meetings (1900, 1904, 1905) with the Irish.

Neutral site matchups are nothing new to the Notre Dame-Wisconsin series. The 1904 and 1905 games were played in Milwaukee, while legendary Irish head coach Knute Rockne led Notre Dame to a 19-0 victory over the Badgers on Oct. 19, 1929, at Soldier Field.

Notre Dame has played 12 games at Soldier Field, most recently in 2012 when the Irish routed Miami, (Fla.), 41-3, in a Shamrock Series matchup. The Irish own an all-time record of 10-0-2 in the current home of the Chicago Bears.

Wisconsin has played three games at Soldier Field. In addition to the ’29 meeting with the Irish, the Badgers defeated Great Lakes in 1942 and Northern Illinois in 2011.

Interestingly enough, 2020 will mark Notre Dame’s first-ever appearance at legendary Lambeau Field, which is named after Curly Lambeau – former Irish player and eventual founder of the Green Bay Packers. Wisconsin has played just once in the stadium, last year’s 16-14 victory over No. 5 LSU.

The Wisconsin-Notre Dame meeting in 2020 will mark just the second major college football game in the history of Lambeau Field, and the second college game of any kind since NCAA Division III St. Norbert faced Fordham in 1983.

The 2020 and 2021 games against Notre Dame are the only future regular season games for the Badgers currently slated to be played in NFL stadiums.

 

Three to be inducted into Packers HOF

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Nick Collins, Chad Clifton, and Russ Winnie will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Saturday night inside the Lambeau Field Atrium.

The 46th annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet features former second-round draft selections Collins and Clifton, who become the first alumni from the 2010 Super Bowl season to go into the Hall.

With a combined five Pro Bowl appearances and 19 NFL seasons with the Packers, both Collins and Clifton had valuable roles in bringing the latest championship to TItletown, most notably Collins’ first quarter interception for a touchdown.

Winnie joins Collins and Clifton in the Packers Hall of Fame after spending 18 years in the broadcast booth, covering the team’s first six NFL championships.

The induction dinner begins at 7 p.m.

Rodgers provided advice to 2016 opponent

JACKSONVILLE — A developing Blake Bortles led the NFL with 18 interceptions, so he recently sought help from Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

A Bortles-led Jacksonville Jaguars squad went 5-and-11 in 2015 behind a franchise-record 35 touchdowns, but Bortles wanted help maturing. That’s when the Florida Times-Union says he looked to Aaron Rodgers and current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer for advice.

Rodgers’ advice for the 2014 first-round draft pick was “don’t try and score 21 points every time you have the ball.”

Rodgers and Bortles will square off  at EverBank Field to open the 2016 NFL season Sept. 11 for a noon kickoff. The last time the Packers and Jaguars met was in 2012, with the Packers winning 24-15 at Lambeau Field.  Rodgers topped Blaine Gabbert with 186 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Bortles counts for over $5.6 million towards the cap space and he’d like to limit turnovers in order to reward Jacksonville’s ownership. His 35 passing touchdowns ranked second in the NFL last season.

Sporting News predicts heartbreaking year for Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Sporting News gave its predictions for this year’s NFL playoffs, selecting the Packers to lose to the Seahawks in the NFC Championship game.

The Packers have had their share of disappointments against the Seahawks, but this latest prediction could be a tough one to swallow after losing the last three times at CenturyLink Field. That includes the 2014 NFC Championship game in which Green Bay had a late collapse and lost 28-22.

Green Bay got its revenge in a 6-0 start to the 2015 season, beating Seattle at Lambeau Field 27-17 last September.

Heading into the 2016 season, the Packers have the easiest schedule, when accounting for their opponents’ combined 2015 records (117-139 or a .457 winning percentage). Green Bay also has one of the most convenient travel schedules this season, going no further west than its week two meeting with Minnesota.