UPDATE: Now that Wisconsin-Illinois is underway, we'll bump the rest of today's TV schedule up to the top here. Feel free to use the comments here as your open thread for the rest of the day/night!
|2:30 p.m.||Louisville @ Clemson||ESPNU|
|2:30 p.m.||Virginia Military @ Navy||CBSS|
|2:30 p.m.||Boston College @ North Carolina State||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|2:30 p.m.||North Carolina @ (6) Notre Dame||NBC|
|2:30 p.m.||(8) Michigan State @ Purdue||ABC/ESPN2|
|2:30 p.m.||(9) TCU @ (5) Baylor||ABC/ESPN2|
|2:30 p.m.||Toledo @ Iowa State||IAST|
|2:30 p.m.||(2) Auburn @ (3) Mississippi State||CBS|
|2:30 p.m.||(12) Oregon @ (18) UCLA||FOX|
|2:30 p.m.||North Texas @ UAB||AMSN|
|2:30 p.m.||Liberty @ Appalachian State||ESPN3|
|3 p.m.||Chattanooga @ Tennessee||SECN|
|3 p.m.||(16) Oklahoma State @ Kansas||FS1|
|4 p.m.||Central Michigan @ Northern Illinois||ESPN3|
|5 p.m.||(7) Alabama @ Arkansas||ESPN|
|5 p.m.||Washington @ California||PAC12|
|5 p.m.||Idaho @ Georgia Southern||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|6 p.m.||Penn State @ Michigan||ESPN2|
|6 p.m.||FIU @ Texas-San Antonio||FCS|
|6 p.m.||(19) East Carolina @ South Florida||ESPNU|
|6 p.m.||Houston @ Memphis||CBSS|
|6:30 p.m.||LSU @ Florida||SECN|
|6:30 p.m.||Charleston Southern @ Vanderbilt||ESPN3/ESPNGP|
|7 p.m.||Old Dominion @ UTEP||AMSN|
|7 p.m.||Connecticut @ Tulane||ESPNN|
|8 p.m.||(3) Mississippi @ (14) Texas A&M||ESPN|
|9:15 p.m.||Air Force @ Utah State||ESPNU|
|9:30 p.m.||USC @ (10) Arizona||ESPN2|
|9:30 p.m.||Colorado State @ Nevada||CBSS|
|10:59 p.m.||Wyoming @ Hawaii|
After a horrific Big Ten opener at Northwestern, Wisconsin gets a second chance at its first Big Ten win of 2014 Saturday afternoon at Camp Randall Stadium. The Illinois Fighting Illini come to town with a 3-3 record, though they've dropped their first two conference games.
Wisconsin has won four straight against Illinois dating back to 2008, and it's also won eight of the last nine games as well. The Badgers have a great shot at making it five straight and nine of 10; for all their offensive struggles, they still have Melvin Gordon coming off three straight games with 180 or more rushing yards and the Illini rank 122nd in rushing defense (249.5 yards allowed per game).
Here's the recent head-to-head results between the two teams; our previews from the week are also linked at the bottom of the article.
|Oct 19, 2013||Wisconsin||@||Illinois||W||56||32||37||36||W 4|
|Oct 6, 2012||Wisconsin||Illinois||W||31||14||36||36||W 3|
|Nov 19, 2011||Wisconsin||@||Illinois||W||28||17||35||36||W 2|
|Oct 25, 2008||Wisconsin||Illinois||W||27||17||34||36||W 1|
|Oct 6, 2007||Wisconsin||@||Illinois||L||26||31||33||36||L 1|
|Oct 28, 2006||Wisconsin||Illinois||W||30||24||33||35||W 4|
|Oct 29, 2005||Wisconsin||@||Illinois||W||41||24||32||35||W 3|
|Oct 2, 2004||Wisconsin||Illinois||W||24||7||31||35||W 2|
|Sep 27, 2003||Wisconsin||@||Illinois||W||38||20||30||35||W 1|
When and where is the game?
The Badgers and Illini will play Saturday at 11 a.m. CT, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Wisconsin, as mentioned above, fell to Northwestern in its Big Ten opener and is 3-2 on the season. Illinois is 3-3, but lost its first two Big Ten games to Nebraska and Purdue.
It remains to be seen which uniforms the Badgers will bust out tomorrow; safe money seems to be on the regular home combo... until we see those black-striped helmets again. The Illini will be wearing these:
How can I watch the game?
The game will air on ESPN2. That means you can also watch it online with ESPN's streaming option, WatchESPN. There is also a WatchESPN app for Android and iOS users. WatchESPN is free, as long as as you have a cable subscription that includes ESPN. You will need to login with your cable account information to watch the game.
The announces for the game will be Beth Mowins, Joey Galloway and Paul Carcaterra.
How can I listen to the game?
As usual, the Badger Sports Network will carry the game. Here is a list of all the Wisconsin affiliate stations. Matt Lepay, Mike Lucas and Patrick Herb once again have the call.
What should I know about the game?
Wisconsin fans already know the deal. The offense stinks, we think Joel Stave will get his first start of the season at quarterback but we're not really sure. Gordon is the most productive running back in the country, yet his Heisman candidacy is pretty much on life-support since he doesn't have the whole "best player on a good team" thing going for him. Defensively, the Badgers have been good, albeit a little banged up.
Illinois is currently a 26.5-point underdog, indicative of a team with solid playmakers at the skill positions (12th in passing at 332.8 yards per game) but a pitiful defense (115th at 482.3 yards allowed per game, 107th at 35.5 points allowed per game).
Here's a collection of our best previews from the week:
- Getting to know Illinois
- Illinois Q&A with The Champaign Room
- Opponent Watch: Whee, we get to play Illinois!
- UW vs. Illinois: How many yards will Gordon get?
- Week 7 depth chart: Stave, McEvoy co-listed at QB
- Illinois beer review: DESTIHL, Blind Pig Breweries
What else is going on in the Big Ten today?
Not a whole lot. Michigan State's in action, but plays Purdue. There's Penn State-Michigan, but ... Michigan. Here's the full slate:
|11 a.m.||Northwestern @ Minnesota||BTN|
|11 a.m.||Indiana @ Iowa||ESPNU/WatchESPN|
|11 a.m.||Illinois @ Wisconsin||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|2:30 p.m.||#8 Michigan State @ Purdue||ABC/ESPN2/WatchESPN|
|6 p.m.||Penn State @ Michigan||ESPN2/WatchESPN|
What else is going on in college football today?
There's a few good ones! Auburn vs. Mississippi State in a battle of SEC unbeatens, Ole Miss vs. Texas A&M, TCU vs. Baylor, Alabama vs. Arkansas, USC vs. Arizona, Texas vs. Oklahoma, Oregon vs. UCLA and more!