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WISCONSIN (4 - 2) at ILLINOIS (3 - 2)
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Week 8 Saturday, 10/19/2013 8:00 PM
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WISCONSIN - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games4-2-15-02-437.219.7519.5(7.5)1.313.28.8267.3(4.1)1.3
Road Games0-2-21-01-127.014.0420.0(6.8)1.031.518.5429.0(5.3)1.0
Last 3 Games2-102-01-233.319.7490.7(7)1.715.713.3270.3(4.3)0.7
Turf Games4-104-01-438.620.8535.2(7.6)
Conference Games2-102-01-233.319.7490.7(7)1.715.713.3270.3(4.3)0.7
WISCONSIN - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)37.219.722.033:2842-298(7.1)16-2761.5%221(8.2)69-519(7.5)(14)
Opponents Defensive Avg.31.415.221.632:4640-209(5.2)20-3162.8%228(7.3)71-437(6.1)(13.9)
Offense Road Games27.014.017.528:5229-167(5.7)18-3255.4%252(7.8)62-420(6.8)(15.6)
Defense (All Games)13.28.815.726:3232-90(2.8)17-3351.5%177(5.3)65-267(4.1)(20.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.24.814.218.628:1436-144(4)18-3157.8%207(6.6)68-351(5.2)(14.2)
Defense Road Games31.518.526.531:0842-154(3.6)23-3860.5%275(7.2)80-429(5.3)(13.6)

ILLINOIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-2+1.23-23-236.018.0457.2(6.3)1.427.69.4449.8(6.4)1.0
Home Games3-0+3.22-13-045.727.3529.0(7.2)1.321.74.7371.0(5.6)0.7
Last 3 Games1-2-22-11-231.014.7433.3(6)1.729.011.0462.0(6.6)1.0
Turf Games3-1+2.22-23-139.021.7489.7(6.6)1.526.09.2408.5(6.1)0.7
Conference Games0-1-10-10-119.05.0372.0(4.7)
ILLINOIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.26.914.220.830:4037-142(3.8)20-3362.4%253(7.8)70-394(5.7)(14.7)
Offense Home Games45.727.328.032:2137-183(4.9)26-3672.9%346(9.7)73-529(7.2)(11.6)
Defense (All Games)27.69.421.828:2040-195(4.9)19-3162.1%254(8.3)70-450(6.4)(16.3)
Opponents Offensive Avg.30.713.521.330:2041-179(4.4)20-3163.3%240(7.7)72-419(5.8)(13.6)
Defense Home Games21.74.718.327:3933-123(3.7)19-3357.1%248(7.6)66-371(5.6)(17.1)
Average power rating of opponents played: WISCONSIN 29.5,  ILLINOIS 29.8
WISCONSIN - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/7/2013TENNESSEE TECH48-0W-45W -51-38724-29-219130-448-19-692
9/14/2013@ ARIZONA ST30-32L7W55O32-23116-31-210142-11629-51-3522
9/28/2013@ OHIO ST24-31L7T55.5U27-10420-34-295143-19217-25-1980
10/19/2013@ ILLINOIS            
11/2/2013@ IOWA            

ILLINOIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
8/31/2013S ILLINOIS42-34W-16.5L40.5O30-4929-37-415226-6626-41-3411
9/28/2013MIAMI OHIO50-14W-27.5W49O43-28923-33-312241-1557-15-950
10/5/2013@ NEBRASKA19-39L8.5L62.5U48-19516-31-177250-33511-20-1861
10/26/2013MICHIGAN ST            
11/2/2013@ PENN ST            
11/9/2013@ INDIANA            
11/16/2013OHIO U            
WISCONSIN: Although Big Ten champion Wisconsin was 8-6, those defeats were by a total of 25 points. New coach Gary Andersen and new OC Andy Ludwig first have to pick a starter between sophomore QB Joel Stave (1,104 pass yds, 6 TD, 3 INT) and senior QB Curt Phillips (605 pass yds, 5 TD, 3 INT career). They also need to bolster their injury-plagued offensive line. RBs James White (806 rush yds, 12 TD) and RB Melvin Gordon (621 rush yds, 10.0 YPC) are a fierce 1-2 combo to replace Montee Ball. WR Jared Abbrederis (837 rec. yds, 5 TD) has all-conference talent, but the Badgers need more options in the receiving game. Wisconsin's sure-fire defense (323 YPG, 15th in FBS) will blitz more often under new DC Dave Aranda to help a young secondary. LB Chris Borland (104 tackles) leads a deep and versatile front seven with talented DE/OLB hybrids Brendan Kelly and Tyler Dippel (5 sacks each).
ILLINOIS: Not only were the Illini 0-8 in Big Ten play under first-year coach Tim Beckham, but they lost by an average score of 35-12. The offense finished third-worst in the nation in both points (16.7 PPG) and yards (297 YPG). Illinois ditched the two-OC system and brought in new OC Bill Cubit whose offense will force QB Nathan Scheelhaase (246 pass attempts, 4 TD, 8 INT) to get the ball out quickly. WR Ryan Lankford (469 rec. yds, 5 TD) leads an unproven receiving corps, but Illinois has two capable ball carriers in RBs Donovonn Young (571 rush yds, 3 TD) and Josh Ferguson (312 rush yds). The pass defense allowed just 194 YPG (19th in FBS), but mostly because teams ran all over Illinois (194 YPG, 97th in FBS). Most of the D-Line and secondary are gone -- three to the NFL -- putting more pressure on LBs Mason Monheim (86 tackles) and Jonathan Brown (9.5 TFL) to be all over the field.
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*Wisconsin-Illinois Preview* ============================

Wisconsin (4-2) at Illinois (3-2), 8:00 p.m. EDT

(AP) - The learning curve is getting easier at Wisconsin.

The 25th-ranked Badgers feel they're hitting their stride after a dominant win, and they'll look to stay focused for a potentially tricky trip to Champaign on Saturday night to face Illinois.

Coach Gary Andersen switched to a 3-4 scheme and installed new packages in his first year in Madison. It's been a learning process, but Wisconsin seems to be buying in to Andersen's methods. The Badgers never let up and finished strong in hammering then-No. 19 Northwestern 35-6 last Saturday.

"I sit back and always look at effort, and there were some extra effort plays that just jump out at you," Andersen said Monday.

Like linebacker Chris Borland's leaping sack on third down in the first quarter to hold the Wildcats to a field goal, effectively setting the tone for the rest of the afternoon. Or freshman linebacker Vince Biegel's tipped pass to thwart another third-down play.

The list of names could go on - and that's partly by design.

Borland is one of the mainstays. Otherwise, Andersen is mixing and matching.

"I think they're adjusting to the amount of packages. I think they understand there aren't 11 starters," Andersen said. "It's week by week, opponent by opponent, matchup by matchup."

Illinois is next. The depth chart may list 11 positions, but Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) could have as many as 15 players who could be classified as starters based on playing time, senior defensive back Dezmen Southward said.

"Nothing has to be said," Southward answered when asked if he had to console or encourage teammates about snaps. "This is a veteran-led team and they understand how this ship is steered."

On the offensive side, there's no question about how the Badgers plan to attack. Wisconsin is fifth in the nation in rushing yards per game, averaging 298.2, and leads the FBS at 7.1 yards per carry.

Melvin Gordon is third in the country with 870 yards on the ground and James White is 22nd with 598. They've combined for 13 of the Badgers' 18 rushing touchdowns.

Illinois (3-2, 0-1) is clearly better in many areas than last season's two-win team, but after giving up 335 yards on the ground in a 39-19 loss at Nebraska on Oct. 5, there's still plenty of room to improve.

The Illini are surrendering almost 200 yards rushing per game and just shy of 450 yards a game in all, good for 11th in the 12-team conference. Washington had 615 yards in a 34-24 victory last month, and Nebraska, a team with a run-until-you-stop-us approach similar to Wisconsin, had 521.

"They understood that they were a little bit manhandled in Lincoln," coach Tim Beckman said.

It also happened last season at Wisconsin, according to linebacker Jonathan Brown.

"We were in that game most of the game," he said.

Right up until the end of the third quarter, when the Illini trailed 10-7. Then the Badgers used two touchdown runs by Montee Ball and a long scoring pass to roll to a 31-14 win.

Illinois should get some help this week with the anticipated return of Teko Powell, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound defensive tackle who played some last season as a freshman but had missed all but two games this fall with an injury. Defensive coordinator Tim Banks says he's athletic enough and big enough to help against the pass and the run.

Illinois could try to hold onto the ball as much as possible, keeping Gordon and White on the sideline, but offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said he tried that to some degree in the loss to the Cornhuskers and it didn't work.

"Our kids play best when we try to play fast," he said.

So if the Illini offense doesn't chew up the clock, how do they prevent the Badgers from grinding down Illinois' defensive line and linebackers?

"That's the million-dollar question," Banks said. "You've got to be able to move your front a little bit, put them in situations where they're not constantly taking a pounding."

Illinois has been outscored 175-98 while dropping its last six home games against ranked Big Ten opponents since beating No. 5 Wisconsin 31-26 on Oct. 6, 2007.

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