While neither Illinois nor Wisconsin have gotten off to the starts that they wanted to for the 2012 football season, all is not lost yet. The Fighting Illini come into the game with a 2-3 record, while the Badgers stand 3-2. Both teams did lose their opening Big Ten contests as well.
Illinois comes to Camp Randall for the first time since 2008, which turned out to be a Badger victory. Illinois hopes to change that in 2012, in what could be a pivotal game in the Big Ten Leaders Division. With Ohio State and Penn State both ineligible to participate in the Big Ten Championship, only Illinois, Wisconsin, Purdue and Indiana can take home the division crown.
Indiana has done nothing to warrant talk of them winning the division, although Purdue shouldn't be counted out. As stated before, Illinois and Wisconsin have been big time disappointments so far this year, but I predict the Fighting Illini to get back on track Saturday and here's why.