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- Illinois vs Wisconsin Game Summary
The boobirds will be out in full effect as Illinois’ Head Coach Brett Bielema makes his return to Madison, Wisconsin. Bielema was Wisconsin’s head man from 2006-12 before leaving the program for Arkansas. Along with the drama, the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-1) vs the Wisconsin Badgers (2-2) is an intriguing matchup.
After back-to-back convincing wins, Illinois has terrific momentum, but the Fighting Illini are still chasing their first Big Ten win of the season. Following an embarrassing 52-21 loss vs Ohio State, Wisconsin needs a bounce-back game. Will the Fighting Illini continue their good play or will the Badgers produce a much-needed turnaround performance?
Illinois Fighting Illini
Following a 31-0 win over Chattanooga, Illinois has three wins by at least three possessions. The Fighting Illini had a weak non-conference schedule, but the Illinois of old rarely dominated anyone, even FCS teams. Illinois has taken a step forward in Bielema’s second season.
Running back Chase Brown is the star of the team. He’s an all-around back with good speed and the ability to run through contact. Brown has 604 rushing yards and four touchdowns, putting him on track to earn All-Big Ten honors.
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Alongside Brown, the Fighting Illini have enjoyed improved quarterback play. Syracuse transfer Tommy DeVito has 954 passing yards and nine touchdowns with a 151 passer rating.
On defense, Illinois boasts some eye-popping numbers: 10.7 points allowed per game (4th), 274.3 yards allowed per game (10th) and 4.1 yards allowed per play (11th). As mentioned, the Fighting Illini have played a weak schedule. Against Indiana, Illinois yielded 330 passing yards, which is a big deviation from its 180 passing yards allowed per game (21st). The unit’s numbers are extremely inflated. Wisconsin will be a true test.
Week 4 did not go as the Badgers hoped. Wisconsin Badgers had its doors blown off on the road against Ohio State. For a team that hangs its hat on defense, this was a concerning performance.
The Badgers have a much better matchup against Illinois’ offense. Stopping the Fighting Illini’s star tailback, Brown, will be the main concern. If Wisconsin can slow him, the Badgers should win. After failing to generate any pressure against the Buckeyes, the pass rush must improve.
Running back Braelon Allen was the sole highlight of Week 4. He totaled 165 rushing yards on 7.2 yards per carry. A 75-yard scamper to the end zone was Wisconsin’s best play of the night. The loss proved once again the Badgers do not have a good passing attack. Quarterback Graham Mertz struggled with only 11 completions and 94 passing yards. Going forward, Wisconsin needs an improved passing attack or it will be tough sledding.
Illinois vs Wisconsin Injury Report
The Illinois Fighting Illini’s senior defensive lineman Jamal Woods is questionable with an undisclosed injury.
Injuries are piling up for Wisconsin. Once again, starting safety Hunter Wohler (leg) and projected No. 1 cornerback Alexander Smith (hamstring) will be out. In addition, starting tight end Clay Cundiff will be out after suffering an apparent leg injury last week. Starting offensive tackles Jack Nelson and Riley Mahlman are questionable.
Illinois vs Wisconsin Head-to-Head
Since 2008, Wisconsin has won 11 of the last 12 meetings against Illinois. The Fighting Illini’s last win in Camp Randall Stadium was in 2002.
Illinois vs Wisconsin Game Information
- Game: Illinois vs Wisconsin
- Location: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
- Day/Time: Saturday, Oct. 1, 12 p.m. ET
- Illinois vs Wisconsin Live Stream: ESPN
Illinois vs Wisconsin Betting Lines
Illinois vs Wisconsin Prediction
Wisconsin is reeling. Outside of the run game, nothing has been consistent for the Badgers. There’s little reason to believe the passing game will dramatically improve. Mertz has struggled and losing Cundiff to injury only makes things more difficult. While running back Brown is the heartbeat of Illinois’ offense, DeVito has also given the Fighting Illini solid quarterback play. Stopping Wisconsin’s run game will be a challenge, but Illinois will cover thanks to a thin Badgers secondary.
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