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Wisconsin @ Illinois

Current Records: Wisconsin 1-3; Illinois 2-4

What to Know

The Wisconsin Badgers are 5-1 against the Illinois Fighting Illini since October of 2015, and they'll have a chance to extend that success Saturday. Wisconsin and Illinois will face off in a Big Ten battle at 3:30 p.m. ET at Memorial Stadium. The Badgers won't have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 12-point advantage in the spread.

Wisconsin's and the Michigan Wolverines' contest last week was up for grabs at halftime, but Wisconsin was thoroughly outmatched 25-7 in the second half. Wisconsin found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 38-17 punch to the gut against the Wolverines. It was supposed to be a close game, and Wisconsin was supposed to come out on top, but neither of those things ended up happening. No one had a standout game offensively for Wisconsin, but they got scores from WR Chimere Dike, QB Graham Mertz, and TE Clay Cundiff.

Meanwhile, Illinois was able to grind out a solid win over the Charlotte 49ers last week, winning 24-14. RB Chase Brown had a dynamite game for Illinois; he rushed for two TDs and 257 yards on 26 carries. Brown put himself on the highlight reel with an 80-yard TD scramble in the third quarter. Brown's sharp performance set his single-game rushing touchdown high for the season.

This next matchup looks promising for Wisconsin, who are favored by a full 12 points. They may be expected to win, but bettors beware: they are 0-3 against the spread when favored.

The Badgers are now 1-3 while the Fighting Illini sit at 2-4. A pair of stats to keep an eye on: Wisconsin is 157th worst in the nation in passing touchdowns, with only three on the season. Illinois has experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the game with the 227th most passing touchdowns allowed in the nation, having given up 11 on the season. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Memorial Stadium -- Champaign, Illinois
  • TV: Big Ten Network
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $33.50


The Badgers are a big 12-point favorite against the Fighting Illini, according to the latest college football odds.

The line on this game has moved quite a bit since it opened, as it started out with the Badgers as an 8.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -113

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Series History

Wisconsin have won five out of their last six games against Illinois.

  • Oct 23, 2020 - Wisconsin 45 vs. Illinois 7
  • Oct 19, 2019 - Illinois 24 vs. Wisconsin 23
  • Oct 20, 2018 - Wisconsin 49 vs. Illinois 20
  • Oct 28, 2017 - Wisconsin 24 vs. Illinois 10
  • Nov 12, 2016 - Wisconsin 48 vs. Illinois 3
  • Oct 24, 2015 - Wisconsin 24 vs. Illinois 13