Check out the Wisconsin vs. Illinois fearless prediction and game preview.
Wisconsin (7-2) vs. Illinois (3-6) Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 12
Game Time: 3:30 pm
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
It doesn’t really matter how it looks at this point – all Wisconsin has to do is keep on winning. If the Badgers beat Illinois, Purdue and Minnesota, they’ll be in Big Ten championship. Win that, and it’s not a 100% lock that they’ll be in the College Football Playoff, but they’ll certainly be close.
The defense continues to be out of this world. It gave up a late first half score to Northwestern, but clamped down the rest of the day in a key 21-7 win in Evanston, making it eighth time all year they allowed 17 points or fewer.
They’re a rock against the run, they don’t get beaten by the deep ball, and they’re not making a whole slew of mistakes – until they get into the red zone.
Bucky has gotten away with it, but the kicking game has been atrocious, and there have been far too many empty drives for a team that doesn’t score in bunches. It was a grind to score against Northwestern – just like it was against Nebraska, Iowa, and just about everyone else.
It shouldn’t be a problem to get things rolling against the Illini.
The Illinois defense pitched a gem against Rutgers a month ago, but since then it got rolled by Michigan and Minnesota before having a few problems in the win over Michigan State.
But the Illini pulled off the victory, and now they have a shot to go bowling if they can win out. They’re not going to do that, but at least the first year under Lovie Smith hasn’t been a total disaster.
Jeff George Jr. is at quarterback again in place of the injured Wes Lunt, and that’s a problem considering he’s completing just 42% of his passes. Don’t expect him to be Jeff George all of a sudden against this Badger D.
The Illini have allowed 170 rushing yards or more against everyone but Murray State. They’ll give up 250 as the Badgers keep on rolling.
Wisconsin vs. Illinois Prediction
Wisconsin 34, Illinois 10
Wisconsin -26.5, o/u: 39
ATS Confidence: 5: Cash in mattress – 1: All political pollsters … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Arrival* – 1: Any political show ever again … 2.5
*To be honest, it looks like yet another brutally dull sci-fi thing, but it’s 100%, so you’re supposed to see it or else.