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Week 8: Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32

Losing Chris Borland to injury stung for a brief moment in the first half, but the Badgers rode a dominant offensive juggernaut to their first road win of the season.

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Week 8 defense review: UW holds without Borland

The All-Big Ten linebacker's injury did hamper the team, but a fast start in the first quarter and necessary changes in the second half helped the Badgers' defense to a 56-32 victory.

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Podcast: Wisconsin vs. Illinois review

All your news and notes from a weekend's worth of football.

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The Monday After: Wisconsin vs. Illinois

As good as the Badgers can look at times, they're strikingly inconsistent, too. One player who has to improve is nickel back Darius Hillary, among the primary weaknesses in an otherwise solid Wisconsin defense.

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Week 8 offense review: Running wild on Illinois

A balanced offense in the first half gave way to a run-heavy onslaught as Wisconsin's offense carried the team to victory over Illinois.

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Wisconsin 56, Illinois 32: Badgers' offense rolls

After a disorganized second quarter, key second-half defensive adjustments and a dominant ground game led the Badgers to a victory heading into their second bye week in October.

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Week 8 TV schedule

What will you be watching before Wisconsin and Illinois kick off at 7 p.m. CT?

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5th Quarter Consensus: UW eyeing first road win

Will the Badgers finally notch a victory on the road? Our staff believes their time has come.

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#AskB5Q: On Borland, Mixon and Trendy

Is Chris Borland perfect? The meaning of the Joe Mixon recruitment? Will the Badgers be so fetch? Answers are coming.

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Kyle French forgoing senior season [UPDATED]

The junior entered the season as Wisconsin's starting kicker, but has struggled through six games.

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From the Other Side with The Champaign Room

What's up with Illinois? Which version of Nathan Scheelhaase will see Saturday night? Can the Illini pull off the upset? Mark Primiano from SB Nation's Illinois blog fills us in.

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Chris Borland to kick long field goals -- really

Wisconsin is giving Jack Russell a chance to kick field goals after Kyle French missed a 38-yarder against Northwestern. If the Badgers are forced into a lengthy attempt, though, watch out for Chris Borland.

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Opponent Watch: Nathan Scheelhaase Week

Wisconsin looked really, really good last week, so naturally we should all freak out about 3-2 Illinois and Nathan Scheelhaase.

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Podcast: Wisconsin vs. Illinois preview

Another weekend of football -- we have you covered. Will the Badgers go down to Champaign and beat the Illini? We welcome The Champaign Room's Mark Primiano to preview Saturday's game.

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Wisconsin at its best

It remains to be seen what Wisconsin looks like at its worst, but last Saturday the team's last remaining BIG question--who else can catch passes besides Jared Abbrederis?--was answered and the Badgers looked like the cream of the conference.

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Sojourn Shelton growing out of freshman mistakes

Wisconsin's true freshman cornerback doesn't feel like a rookie anymore, and he's beginning to not look like one, either.

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What to expect: Wisconsin vs. Illinois

The Illini aren't going to roll over, but there should be enough here for the Badgers to go into their next bye with a comfortable win.

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Juggling safeties pays off for Wisconsin

First-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda has done a terrific job implementing the Badgers' 3-4 defensive scheme, particularly with the latest personnel moves involving Tanner McEvoy and Michael Caputo.

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Illini

I love the lack of attention that Illinois gets over the last few years. Even though they always seem to play up to Wisconsin and the game is in their house, I can tell that no one cares a lick about Illinois. One article so far this week, and we're all perfectly happy to argue argue about Kohl Center banners or reminisce over a game against OSU in 2010 over even thinking about Illinois. Meanwhile, there are actually more images of Badgers on the front page of The Champaign Room than than there are Illini, at least down through articles spanning back to the weekend. As a resident of Chicago working with more than a few Illini alumni, I take great joy in this.

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Notebook: Abbrederis practices, offense progresses

The star receiver practiced on Tuesday, and offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig sees the potential to build off Wisconsin's strong offensive start.

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Let's Rate Things: With the Wisconsin Badgers

Halfway through the regular season, how about we accurately measure where the Badgers rate?

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Notebook: Jack Russell to start at kicker

After Kyle French's struggles continued vs. Northwestern, Gary Andersen said Monday that Jack Russell will take over kicking duties vs. Illinois.

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Getting to know Illinois

After defeating Northwestern on homecoming weekend, the Badgers head to Champaign to take on Illinois in hopes of generating their first back-to-back victories since the first two weeks of the season. Here's what you need to know about the matchup.

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