Badgering the MTB Staff: Illini who?


This weekend the Badgers play their third night game of the season….against the mighty Fighting Illini from our Friendly Illinois Buddies. Over the last few years the Badgers and Illini have played some crazy games, despite the final scores indicating a butt kicking. 

So, what does our collection of prognosticators think for this weekend?

Well, before we get there, let's update the standings…

Name Record Points
Andy 5-1 7
Paul 5-1 6
Arman 5-1 9
Jay 5-1 9

Sad to say, Paul won the extra point last week…because he saw a wopping SEVEN point difference in the score of the game. 

On to this week though….

Jay:  Wisconsin 35, Illinois 17
I can't 100% explain it, but I'm very confident heading into this game. Yes, it's a night game and the crowd/team will be pumped up with the chance to knock off the three-time defending B1G champs, but Wisconsin is just too much to handle this season. The game could start out close, but the Badgers will run all over Illinois. It'll be nice to break the streak of losing road night games.

Arman:  Wisconsin 42, Illinois 17
Illinois catches the Badger D sleeping and scores early, and again in the second quarter after a Badger turnover to take an early 14-10 lead. Wisconsin takes over in the second half with a dominating run game. Melvin Gordon surpasses 140 yards for the 6th time this season. Illinois remains winless in the Big Ten.

Andy:  Wisconsin 37, Illinois 10
Illinois is good football team, but Wisconsin is a very good football team and they are very good on both sides of the ball. The Illini aren't that and that will be the biggest difference. Wisconsin pounds Illinios on the ground and limits the opportunities for the Illini offense, which is vastly improved and scary if you let it get going. After last weekend I don't see that happening at all and I look for Michael Caputo to have a big game for the Badgers D as they allow only a late mop-up TD to the Illini at night in Memorial Stadium.

Paul:  Wisconsin 38, Illinois 17
The road environment makes things tougher than they should be, but the run game prevails. Wisconsin covers the 11.5 point spread easily. 

Cole:  Wisconsin 38, Illinois 14
Wisconsin will run all over Illinois, whose defense has allowed an average of 195.4 rushing yards a game. If Stave can continue his solid play from last week, this game will not be competitive.

Andrew Coppens

About Andrew Coppens

Andy is a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). He is the Managing Editor of MadTownBadger and associate editor of Bloguin's World Cup site, as well as Publisher of Big Ten site