A preseason favorite to once again win the Big Ten, Wisconsin was unimpressive the first five weeks of the season, losing to Oregon State and Nebraska and narrowly defeating the likes of Northern Iowa, Utah State and UTEP.
However, the Badgers now catch a reeling Illinois team in Camp Randall Stadium, where the team is 42-3 under Bret Bielema.
Leading passer: Danny O'Brien: 47-of-75, 479 yards, three TDs, one INT.
Also: Joel Stave: 26-of-46, 439 yards, two TDs, one INT
Leading rusher: Montee Ball: 125 carries, 450 yards, six TDs.
Leading receiver: Jar Abbrederies: 20 catches, 399 yards, four TDs
Leading tackler: Mike Taylor: 55 total tackles
Defensive players of note:
Chris Borland: 43 total tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries
Etha Armstrong: 31 total tackles, three pass breakups.
- Wisconsin has won 10 straight Big Ten games at home, and has won the last three times Illinois has invaded Camp Randall.
- Ball enters this weekend 12 touchdowns shy of breaking the NCAA record for TDs (78).
- Abbrederis leads the Big Ten with 99 receiving yards per contest.
- In the last two games, the Badgers had 10 plays that went for 20 yards or more.
- The Wisconsin defense had held 13 of it's last 19 opponents to fewer than 18 points.
- The Badgers have allowed only two rushing TDs all season.
Punter Drew Meyer is averaging 42.8 yards per punt, third in the Big Ten.