Through 3 Quarters
The Wisconsin Badgers were the heavy favorites here for a reason. After three quarters it’s looking more and more like their high-powered offense is just too much for the Illinois Fighting Illini as the Badgers lead 28-7.
Wisconsin has been led by QB Graham Mertz, who so far has passed for four TDs and 245 yards on 20 attempts. QB Brandon Peters has led the way so far for Illinois, as he has accumulated 87 passing yards in addition to picking up 75 yards on the ground.
Illinois @ No. 8 Wisconsin
What to Know
The Wisconsin Badgers and the Illinois Fighting Illini will face off at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 23 at Camp Randall Stadium to kick off their 2020 seasons. Wisconsin finished a solid 10-3 in the regular season last year, but they are hoping to make up for a 28-27 loss to the Oregon Ducks in the Rose Bowl. On the other hand, last year was nothing to brag about for Illinois (6-7), so the team is looking forward to a new start.
A pair of last-season stats to keep an eye on: The Badgers were fourth best in the nation in yards allowed per game, finishing the 2019 season giving up only 287.1 on average. Less enviably, Illinois was 16th worst when it came to yards per game last season, with the squad coming up with only 329.5 on average (bottom 88%). The good news for Illinois, of course, is that these forces working against them might not carry over into the new season.
Wisconsin has the odds in their favor, so they’ll need to guard against complacency. A win is hardly a sure thing, especially this early in the season, so expect a good game.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Camp Randall Stadium — Madison, Wisconsin
- TV: Big Ten Network
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Badgers are a big 19.5-point favorite against the Fighting Illini, according to the latest college football odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Badgers as a 19-point favorite.
Wisconsin have won four out of their last five games against Illinois.
- 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