After Michigan pulled away from Illinois late in a 42-25 loss at home, Illinois turns their attention to another ranked opponent as the sixth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers come to Champaign.
A perfect storm could be brewing for the Badgers as Illinois is allowing over 200 yards per game on the ground while the Badgers average 199 yards per game rushing. Wisconsin averages 42.5 points a game, eighth in the FBS, and quarterback Jack Coan has completed 103 of 135 passes with eight touchdowns and one interception.
Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor is averaging 137.5 rushing yards a game and also leads the FBS with 18 touchdowns — 14 rushing and four receiving. He goes up against a run defense best described as porous. The Illini gave up 346 yards rushing, including a 100-yarder against Nebraska, 332 to Minnesota and 295 to Michigan.
Illinois' offense will have to show up against a Wisconsin unit that allows only 173 yards per game. Brandon Peters' status for Saturday is still up in the air after he was held out of last week's game against Michigan. While Matt Robinson played valiantly, nearly leading Illinois to a late comeback, Illinois will face another stiff defense at Memorial Stadium.
Robinson was 16 of 25 for 192 yards and one touchdown last week against Michigan. He also ran for a score.
Illinois has dropped four straight and Wisconsin hasn't played any of their opponents within a touchdown all year.
Game time is 11 am Saturday morning. It will be aired on the Big Ten Network.