Illinois vs Wisconsin: Wisconsin might be the only Big Ten team to play worse than Illinois did last week. Rutgers was worse than both of them, but that’s not the point. While Wisconsin has gone back to being a heavy favorite this week in its tussle with Illinois, the buzz among Badgers fans certainly has dwindled after last week’s loss at Michigan.
Event: College Football
Team: Illinois vs Wisconsin
Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
The Illini offense was stuffed by Purdue in a 46-7 loss, but for the most part, the ground game has been terrific so far with over 200 yards in every other game. Mobile quarterbacks are an issue for the the Badgers, and AJ Bush has the ability to be a 100-yard threat, even if the Iowa linebackers bottled him up last week.
The Illini secondary needs to come up with a slew of big plays and force mistakes, and it has to hope the Alex Hornibrook that played in Ann Arbor last Saturday night shows up in Madison.
Illinois allows completed passes, but it also makes a ton of interceptions with 11 so far on the year. Coming off a 7-of-20 day for 100 yards with a score and two picks – and after a mediocre game against Nebraska before that – Hornibrook has to prove himself all over again.
It’s not exactly going to be a cathartic moment for the Badgers after the nuclear meltdown against Michigan, they’ll look the part again.
The running game will get things going, and then it’ll be Hornibrook, Hornibrook, Hornibrook, and the goal will be to get the running game back on track.
Illinois doesn’t have any sort of a passing game to take advantage of the mediocre Badger secondary, and it’s going to be a long, long day against a run defense that will be fine.