University of Wisconsin football fans have been teased before by reports of potential big-name opponents showing up on future schedules.

So, take this for what it's worth, but UW coach Bret Bielema tweeted today that he is trying to "lock up" home-and-home games with Notre Dame and Nebraska.

Bielema wrote it would be for the home 2012 schedule and the away 2015 schedule, but did not specify which opponent would be for which date.

He also added the games "would be fun for WI fans."

The addition of either Notre Dame or Nebraska -- regardless of either team's ranking at the time -- would be the biggest regular-season non-conference game for the Badgers at least since traveling to face No. 7 Oregon in 2001, when Barry Alvarez was the head coach.

To reiterate, the hopes of UW fans have been dashed before when it comes to schedules. In fact, Alvarez said last year that he had discussed a series with Notre Dame, but Irish athletic director Jack Swarbrick quickly muffled that talk.

But, you would hope there is some substance to this, or Bielema would not have made it public.

The Badgers return to practice Tuesday after taking last week off for spring break. That should be the media's first chance to talk to Bielema about this subject, and I'll be sure to provide an update tonight.

Bucky!

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