Date/Time - Saturday, November 12 at 2:30 p.m. CT
Stadium – Camp Randall Stadium (80,321/FieldTurf)
Television – ESPN2 (Allen Bestwick, Mike Bellotti, Kris Budden)
Radio - Wisconsin Radio Network (Matt Lepay and Mike Lucas)
Series – Wisconsin leads 39-36-7 (Wisconsin leads 21-16-4 in Madison)
Last Meeting – Wisconsin won, 24-13, on Oct. 24, 2015 in Champaign, Ill.
Wisconsin has won six straight games vs. Illinois, dating back to 2008, matching the longest win streak by either team in the history of the series. Illinois also won six straight over UW from 1987-92.
Since the Illini’s six-game win streak ended in 1993, Wisconsin is 15-3-1 (.816) against Illinois.
Wisconsin has won five straight over Illinois in Madison, with the Illini’s last win at Camp Randall Stadium coming in 2002.
Wisconsin and Illinois played in the final tie game in FBS history, closing the 1995 season with a 3-3 draw on Nov. 25 in Madison. Overtime was introduced the following season.
As a ranked team, the Badgers are 12-3 all-time vs. Illinois.
The Illini have lost 15 straight and 24 of their last 25 against foes ranked in the AP poll since beating No. 1 Ohio State 28-21 on Nov. 10, 2007. The lone win during that span came on Sept. 17, 2011, over No. 22 Arizona State, 17-14
First-year Illinois head coach Lovie Smith served as linebackers coach at Wisconsin in 1987, which was UW head coach Paul Chryst’s senior season as a player at UW.
Illinois head football strength and conditioning coach Joey Boese was a two-year starter and four-year
letterwinner as a defensive back for the Badgers from 1998-2001
Wisconsin outside linebackers coach Tim Tibesar and Illinois co-defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Mike Phair worked together on the Chicago Bears’ coaching staff in 2013. Tibesar served as linebackers coach and Phair as defensive line coach in Chicago.
Wisconsin junior OLB Garret Dooley was high school teammates with Illinois senior QB Wes Lunt and senior WR Zach Grant at Rochester (Ill.) High School, winning Class 4A state championships in 2010 and 2011.
The Badgers’ roster features 10 Illinois natives: CB Titus Booker (Round Lake Beach), freshman RB Sam Brodner (Glen Ellyn), OLB Garret Dooley (Rochester), OL David Edwards (Downers Grove), OLB T.J. Edwards (Lake Villa) and TE Troy Fumagalli (Aurora), junior RB Chris James (Chicago), freshman ILB Mike Maskalunas (Long Grove), freshman WR Kendric Pryor (Hazel Crest), freshman DB Cristian Volpentesta (Highland Park).
Rice Lake sophomore tailback Austin Roberts is the lone Wisconsin native on Illinois’ roster.
Wisconsin Notes to Consider
The Badgers’ defense has allowed just 11 touchdowns (6 rushing, 5 passing), matching Michigan for the third-lowest total in the country. Only LSU (9) and Ohio State (10) have allowed fewer TDs. Wisconsin’s offense has faced LSU, Ohio State and Michigan this season.
Wisconsin’s average of 2.67 penalties per game (24 penalties in nine games) would be the best mark in school history. The Badgers previous best was 2.78 penalties in 1950 (25 penalties in nine games).
Junior CB Derrick Tindal has recorded three interceptions and 10 pass breakups on the season. His 13 passes defended rank in a tie for sixth nationally.
Opponents have scored touchdowns on just 41.7 percent (9 of 22) of their red-zone trips vs. the Badgers this season, giving UW the sixth-best mark in the FBS. Ohio State (29.6 percent, 8 of 27) leads the country in opponent red-zone TD percentage
Illinois Notes to Consider
Illinois’ eight FBS opponents are combined 46-26 this season – Michigan (9-0), Western Michigan (9-0), North Carolina (7-2), Nebraska (7-2), Minnesota (7-2), Purdue (3-6), Michigan State (2-7) and Rutgers (2-7). When projecting out future games, the Illini schedule ranks as the 11th-toughest in the nation according to N.C.A.A. stats.
The Illinois defense had 10 TFLs against Michigan State. It marked the third time this season the Illini D had 10+ TFLs in a game and the first time since Sept. 10 against North Carolina. For the season, Illinois is averaging 8.4 TFLs per game, fifth-most in FBS.
Illinois did not allow a sack to Michigan State, marking the second time this season the Illini the opponent did not register a sack for the second time. The Illini OL has allowed just seven sacks in six Big Ten games, which ranks second in conference play.
Cal transfer LB Hardy Nickerson is averaging 9.4 tackles per game to rank second in the Big Ten and 24th nationally. He has added 5.5 TFLs, fifth-most on the team, a team-high two interceptions and 2.0 sacks