Wisconsin Badgers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Complete Game Preview

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Wisconsin Badgers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Complete Game Preview
Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers and Illinois Fighting Illini will play under the lights in Champaign, Ill., in a battle between two Leaders Division teams. 

Last season at Camp Randall Stadium, the Fighting Illini (3-2, 0-1) kept up with the Badgers (4-2, 2-1) in the first half, but Wisconsin pulled away and secured a 31-14 victory. Illinois' last victory over the Badgers came at home back in 2007, but it has lost the last three meetings.

The Badgers are flying high after taking care of business and then some against No. 19 Northwestern, helping them jump back into the AP Top 25 poll. Just as Wisconsin had an extra week to prepare for the Wildcats, Illinois is fresh off a bye week and will look to use that to its advantage. However, the Fighting Illini lost by three scores in their Big Ten opener at Nebraska on Oct. 5.

This game may appear to have blowout written all over it, but the Illini played Wisconsin tough last season and have tested themselves early in 2013. The night game atmosphere at Memorial Stadium could also prove to even the playing field.

Wisconsin should be fully aware that this has trap game written all over it. Let's find out how it can avoid that trap as we run down the keys to the game and players to watch for both teams in the complete game preview.

 

Game Information

Day, Time: Saturday at 7:00 p.m. CT

Place: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.

TV: Big Ten Network

Radio: List of Wisconsin stations, List of Illinois stations

Spread: -12.5 (via OddsShark.com)

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