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LIVE GAMETHREAD: Illinois Fighting Illini at Wisconsin Badgers

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NCAA Football

Illinois at Wisconsin


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2-3 (0-1 Big Ten, Leaders)
3-2 (0-1 Big Ten, Leaders)

Oct. 6, 2012 2:35 PM CT

Camp Randall Stadium (80,321), Madison, WI

Weather: 46 degrees (Clear), Wind: NW 13 MPH, 42% Humidity, 10% Precipitation

TV: ABC (Bob Wischusen, Danny Kanell, Maria Taylor)

Radio: Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas, Patrick Herb)

Twitter: @B5Q

Opponent Blogs: A Lion Eye, Illinois Loyalty

All-Time Series: UW trails, 35-36-7

Last Meeting: Wisconsin 28, Illinois 17 (Nov. 17, 2011 in Champaign)

Point Spread: Wisconsin -15, Over/Under 45

This is the game where Wisconsin turns it all around, right? An opportunistic first half against Nebraska had fans feeling good; the second half brought us back to reality. The Badgers are still struggling with their identity, but the crestfallen Illini may be the perfect balm. A year ago, Illinois took a 17-7 lead into halftime, only to watch Montee Ball run rampant on its defense in the second half of a 28-17 Badger win.

Plenty of intriguing storylines today. Can the defense continue to force turnovers after its slow start to the season? Will the coaches find a balance in carries between Ball, Melvin Gordon and James White? Will there be a need for UW's two-minute drill quarterback to make an appearance?

Kyle Costigan is out at right guard due to injury and will be replaced by Zac Matthias. Costigan is a guy whom our Andrew Rosin has linked to UW's success this season. The offensive line will get another opportunity to step in a game that is must-win for Wisconsin to keep it's Big Ten Championship Game hopes alive. Enjoy the open thread!