The No. 15 Wisconsin Badgers need to win their final two games of the regular season to claim a spot in the inaugural Big Ten Conference Championship Game, and first up is this Saturday's road clash with the Illinois Fighting Illini.
Wisconsin kept possession of Paul Bunyan's Axe for the eighth straight year as they had very little trouble disposing of the Minnesota Golden Gophers last Saturday, winning by a final score of 42-13. Wisconsin ranks among the top five in the country in both scoring offense and scoring defense this season, and the team is 17-2 in regular season games played after November 1 in head coach Bret Bielema's six years at the helm.
Illinois opened the season at 6-0, but has lost four straight, the most recent of which being last Saturday's 31-14 home setback to Michigan. Wisconsin is the third straight ranked opponent for the Illini, and the team is just 4-20 versus Top-25 foes under current head Ron Zook.
Game date, time: 12:00 pm ET, Saturday, Nov 19
Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
TV channel: ESPN2
Spread: Wisconsin favored by 13.
Series history: Illinois leads 36-34-7.
For further reading, news, discussion and more, visit Wisconsin blog Bucky's 5th Quarter and Illinois blog Hail To The Orange. Here’s the complete Week 10 college football TV schedule, and stay tuned to SB Nation’s college football news hub for more.