No. 25 Wisconsin (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) at Illinois (3-2, 0-1), 7 p.m. (BTN)

Line: Wisconsin by 12 1/2.

Series record: tie 36-36-7.


After losing their Big Ten opener to Ohio State, the Badgers got on track last week with a big 35-6 win over Northwestern. A win at Illinois builds momentum and keeps Wisconsin in the chase for the Leaders Division title with the Buckeyes. Illinois' 3-2 start is an improvement on last season, but the Illini are still looking for their first Big Ten win since 2011. They've dropped 15 straight.


Wisconsin running backs Melvin Gordon and James White versus Illinois' defensive front seven. Gordon is the top back in the Big Ten this fall with 145 yards a game and eight touchdowns, and White is adding another 95.7 yards a game. The Illini defense is 11th in the conference, giving up 195.4 yards a game. If the Badgers get the ground game going and force Illinois to use its very young secondary to help stop the run, QB Joe Stave could see big openings to throw into down field.


Wisconsin: LB Chris Borland leads the Badgers with 56 tackles, third in the Big Ten. He has forced 13 fumbles in his career at Wisconsin, tied for sixth all time in the country and one fumble behind the five players who share the NCAA record.

Illinois: QB Nathan Scheelhaase has bounced back from a bad 2012, going 95 for 148 for 1,297 yards with 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. But Nebraska limited him to 135 yards and sacked him three times in Illinois' last game and controlled the Illini offense.


Wisconsin has won three in a row over Illinois and seven of the last eight. ... The Badgers are one of only two teams in the country ranked in the top 10 in both total offense (ninth, 519.5 yards a game) and defense (fifth, 267.3 yards). Florida State is the other one. ... Illinois sophomore V'Angelo Bentley leads the conference and is fifth in the nation in kick return average at 32.1 yards per return. ... Illinois' 180 points (36 per game, sixth in the Big Ten) is the team's third-highest total ever through five games.