The Wisconsin Badgers and Pittsburgh Panthers will take on greener pastures in a few years: The two schools will kick off the 2027 college football season with a matchup in Dublin for the Aer Lingus College Football Classic, according to statements released by both schools.
The game, will be the second leg of a series between the two schools, with Pittsburgh visiting Wisconsin’s Camp Randall Stadium in 2026. The Panthers will be the “home” team when the teams meet in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on Aug. 28, 2027.
Originally the Emerald Isle Classic, the Aer Lingus College Football Classic was revived in 2016 with a matchup between Georgia Tech and Boston College. The Classic has had two more iterations since — Northwestern vs. Nebraska in 2021 and Notre Dame vs. Navy in 2023. Georgia Tech will return to Dublin to play Florida State next August.
For both teams, it will be the first time in a while that they have played outside of the country. According to the school’s press release, Wisconsin last played in a foreign country in 1993, beating Michigan State in the Coca-Cola Bowl in Tokyo, Japan.
Pittsburgh’s last foreign game was, ironically, the Emerald Island Classic in 1989, where the Panthers beat Rutgers.
Pittsburgh and Wisconsin have rarely met over the years: Their last meeting was in 1967. The Panthers are 3-0 all-time against the Badgers.