Wisconsin Badgers (5-2) at Illinois Fighting Illini (4-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 24, 2015, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
|Location||Unknown Location Unknown Address|
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +6.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Wisconsin Badgers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Wisconsin Badgers look to keep the ball rolling after winning five of their last six games. Joel Stave is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,708 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Stave has one touchdown pass in his last three games. Alex Erickson and Robert Wheelwright have combined for 871 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Dare Ogunbowale has 20 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 154.5 yards per contest, and Ogunbowale leads the way with 482 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 10.9 points and 272.3 yards per game. T.J. Edwards leads the Badgers with 54 tackles, Leo Musso has two interceptions and Joe Schobert has 9.5 sacks. Corey Clement, Dan Voltz and Taiwan Deal are questionable.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look to pick up their second Big Ten win and remain unbeaten at home. Wes Lunt is completing 58.4 percent of his passes for 1,424 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Lunt has four touchdown passes in his last three games. Geronimo Allison and Marchie Murdock have combined for 795 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Desmond Cain has 22 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 137.5 yards per contest, and Ke'Shawn Vaughn leads the way with 392 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 19.7 points and 332.5 yards per game. Clayton Fejedelem leads the Fighting Illini with 55 tackles, Taylor Barton has three interceptions and Dawuane Smoot has five sacks. Sean Adesanya, Josh Ferguson and Jamal Milan are questionable.
The Badgers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a bye week. The over is 9-3 in the last 12 meetings.
While Illinois is playing better as of late, Wisconsin's defense is way too tough to bet against. I don't like this matchup for the Fighting Illini, especially with Ferguson banged up. The Badgers won last year's meeting by 10 points, and I expect much of the same this season.