LSU to Meet Wisconsin in Reliaquest Bowl

TAMPA - The ReliaQuest Bowl will feature the 13th ranked LSU Tigers vs the Wisconsin Badgers on New Year's Day in Tampa, bowl officials announced today. It will be only the third appearance by the Tigers and sixth by the Badgers but the first time in at least nine years by either team.

"We were thrilled to extend invitations to Louisiana State University and the University of Wisconsin to play in this year's ReliaQuest Bowl," said ReliaQuest Bowl Chair Chris Roederer. "These are two high quality teams that we expect will produce an exceptional match-up that fans are really going to enjoy. We look forward to hosting the teams and their fans and ensure they will have an amazing experience at the game and enjoying the dynamic Tampa Bay area."

"A SEC-Big Ten matchup always creates a lot of excitement, but facing a Wisconsin team led by a great coach in Luke Fickell makes this bowl game even more attractive," LSU coach Brian Kelly said. "Wisconsin has a great tradition with a tremendous fan base. I know both teams are excited to be in Tampa during New Year's to play in the ReliaQuest Bowl."

"We are excited for the opportunity to showcase our football program and represent our university in the ReliaQuest Bowl," added LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward. "Our student-athletes, staff, and fans will enjoy the chance to travel to Tampa Bay and compete in a New Year's Day bowl against another program with great tradition and support."

"We're extremely excited to be playing in the ReliaQuest Bowl, said Badger Coach Luke Fickell. "It's a great opportunity for our young men who have battled throughout this season and to get closure for what they have done, not just for our seniors but for our entire program. We're really excited about coming to Tampa for a great bowl game."

"We couldn't be more excited to be playing in the ReliaQuest Bowl, added Badger Athletic Director Chris McIntosh. "Bowl games are a great reward and opportunity after a successful season and it's going to be a terrific experience for our players and fans. Tampa is a great city in an area full of Badger alumni and we look forward to showcasing Wisconsin football against LSU in a terrific bowl game."

The ReliaQuest Bowl will be played on Monday January 1st at 12:00 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium. Tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster online at

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