Let the grind begin.
Coming off of their final bye week in the 2013 season, the Fighting Illini head into Saturday's prime-time contest against Wisconsin with a record of 3-2.
The game will also mark the halfway point for the 2013 season. On the plus side, the Illini are already halfway to becoming bowl-eligible with seven games remaining.
On the other hand, Illinois' remaining opponents have a combined record of 27-15. Take away Purdue (1-5) and the opponent record rises to 26-10.
Before the focus turns to the latter portion of 2013, we take a moment to grade the Illini's performances through the first half of the season.
All statistics courtesy of ESPN.com.