The Badgers are on the road for their first true road game of the season and what’s this? Old friend Bret Bielema is waiting for them!
The Wisconsin Badgers (1-3 overall, 0-2 Big Ten) travel to play the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4 overall, 1-2 Big Ten) for UW’s first true road test of the season. Despite being winless in conference, the Badgers haven’t played any West Division opponents yet but now play six of their final eight games against their familiar divisional rivals.
Illinois opened the season by beating the (I hate to say it, but it’s true) much improved Nebraska Cornhuskers, but since then have struggled, only picking up one more win against Charlotte last week. You may not have heard about this, but the Illini have a new head coach this year…
BERT IS BACK, BABY!
This will add some intrigue to a matchup that might’ve been completely devoid of it otherwise. We’ll be keeping a close eye on how banged up QB1 Graham Mertz looks throughout the week to see if he’s able to play on Saturday or if backup Chase Wolf will get the start. Leading up to the game, we’ll also keep you posted about injuries to TE Jake Ferguson and Jack Eschenbach as well as CB Semar Melvin.
How to watch/listen
TV: BTN, 2:30 p.m. CT, Mark Followill, Matt Millen, Elise Menaker
Streaming: FOX Sports App
Stadium: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Ill.
Weather: Champaign, Ill. (looks like a warm, partly cloudy afternoon)
Line: Wisconsin -8.5
Fun facts (according to the media guides)
- All of your fun facts will be updated on Saturday!