Wisconsin vs Illinois State prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 1, Saturday, September 3
Wisconsin vs Illinois State How To Watch
Date: Saturday, September 3
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
How To Watch: FS1
Record: Wisconsin (0-0), Illinois State (0-0)
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Wisconsin vs Illinois State Game Preview
Why Illinois State Will Win
The Redbirds aren’t going to bring much with the offense, but the defense will get after it.
They’ve got enough in place to make a few plays behind the line, the D should once again be good at bending without breaking, and the front isn’t going to be a total pushover against the run.
As always when it comes to dealing with the Badgers, if you can force takeaways, you have a chance to make things interesting. This D will attack, but …
Why Wisconsin Will Win
There won’t be nearly enough offense to do much against one of the nation’s best defenses.
Illinois State only averaged 3.6 yards per carry and won’t come up with anything down the field with the passing game. For a defense that has to retool a bit and get the secondary in place, this is the perfect scrimmage to ease into the season.
Yes, Illinois State has a decent defense, but the Badgers won’t do anything crazy. The new style of offense will try to take a few more shots than normal – again, this is the team to play if you’re Wisconsin and want to test things out – and the defense should be able to make up for any mistakes.
What’s Going To Happen
The Badgers will be able to call their shot in the first game against an FCS team since 2014.
The Illinois State defense really is good enough to come up with a few shots and make the Wisconsin offense work a bit, but the only drama here will be whether or not the road team gets on the board.
Wisconsin vs Illinois State Prediction, Line
Wisconsin 45, Illinois State 0
Line: Wisconsin -33, o/u: 38.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Wisconsin vs Illinois State Must See Rating: 1.5
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