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MADISON, Wis. – The eyes of the college football world will be on NRG Stadium in Houston on Aug. 30 as Wisconsin and LSU kick off the 2014 football season. ESPN announced Wednesday that the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff between the two teams will begin at 8 p.m. CT and be televised by ESPN.

Both the Badgers and Tigers are ranked in the top 15 of ESPN.com’s “Post-Signing Day Top 25.” LSU checks in at No. 13 while UW is one spot back at No. 14. LSU ended the 2013 season with a 10-3 record and ranked 14th in both polls while Wisconsin went 9-4 and was ranked 21st in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 22nd in the AP poll.

Wisconsin and LSU have played twice previously, with the Tigers prevailing both times. LSU won, 38-28, on Sept. 25, 1971 at Camp Randall Stadium and was victorious again the following season, 27-7, in Baton Rouge. The 1972 game marks the last time UW played an SEC team during the regular season.

The 2014 game vs. LSU will be the first of three neutral-site season-openers against high-profile SEC teams for the Badgers. UW will kick off the 2015 season against Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, then play LSU again to open 2016 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.


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