Wisconsin adds South Dakota to 2024 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Wisconsin Badgers have added the South Dakota Coyotes to their 2024 football schedule, according to an announcement from USD on Wednesday.

Wisconsin will host South Dakota at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Sept. 21, 2024. The game will be the third overall meeting between the two schools.

The Badgers lead the series with the Coyotes 2-0 after winning 48-7 in 1975 and 59-10 in 2011, both times in Madison.

South Dakota is a member of the Missouri Valley Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). Last season in the FCS Playoffs, the Coyotes defeated Nicholls 38-31 in the first round but then fell to Sam Houston State 54-42 in the second round.

South Dakota is the third lower division opponent that Wisconsin has scheduled since the Big Ten loosened restrictions on scheduling teams from the FCS. The Badgers are slated to host Southern Illinois in 2020 and Illinois State in 2022.

The addition of South Dakota tentatively completes Wisconsin’s non-conference football schedule through the 2024 season. Other games scheduled for UW in 2024 include a trip to face Hawaii on Aug. 31 and a home contest against Virginia Tech on Sept. 14.

South Dakota now has six future games lined up against opponents from the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS): Kansas State (2018), Oklahoma (2019), Iowa State (2020), Kansas (2021), Missouri (2022), and Wisconsin (2024).

Future Wisconsin Football Schedules

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Though Wisconsin has 3 non-conference games scheduled for 2024, I believe that they can schedule one more since they travel to Hawaii. They only have 4 conference games at home in even years, and usually schedule 3 home non-conference games (home end of a home-and-home with a P5, then buy two more) in even years. I think that they can even schedule one during Week 0 since they travel to Hawaii.