After a 7-0 start to the 2013-14 campaign, Illinois dropped games to Georgia Tech and Oregon, in which they held second half leads. The Illini then beat rival Missouri for the first time since 2008, thus entering Big Ten play with only a pair of defeats.
Conference play started off on the right foot, following Illinois' overtime victory over another rival, this being the Indiana Hoosiers. Following a home win over Penn State, Illinois hit the road at Wisconsin, one of many tough places to play in the rugged league. John Groce's squad needs to get back on track and quickly.