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Wisconsin RBs Corey Clement, Taiwan Deal out, C Dan Voltz game-time decision vs. Illinois

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Wisconsin's backfield will once again be thin for Saturday afternoon's game at Illinois.

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Get ready to see more of Joel Stave, Wisconsin fans.

The Badgers face the Illinois Fighting Illini in Champaign Saturday afternoon and will do so minus running backs Corey Clement (sports hernia surgery) and Taiwan Deal (ankle). Center Dan Voltz (elbow) is also a game-time decision, but head coach Paul Chryst said Monday he expects Voltz to play.

Defensively, lineman Arthur Goldberg also didn't make the trip. Conor Sheehy will start in his place, according to UWBadgers.com's Mike Lucas, who first reported the absences Saturday morning.

That's certainly a hefty injury list, even for a team that is getting four or five points as a road favorite. At running back, the Badgers will send out Dare Ogunbowale and Alec Ingold -- both former defensive players. Ogunbowale, a junior, leads UW with 95 carries for 482 yards and four touchdowns. Ingold, a true freshman who moved over from inside linebacker earlier in the season, has 24 carries for 93 yards and three touchdowns.

So, back to Stave. The always polarizing quarterback attempted 39 passes last weekend in the win over Purdue, one week after attempting a career-high 50 against Nebraska. Wisconsin won both games, and over those two games, Stave is 54-for-89 (60.7 percent) for 644 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Decent numbers, but if Illinois is able to contain Ogunbowale and Ingold, the game could absolutely fall on Stave's shoulders.

We'll have more updates here should any develop.