Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers Pick & Prediction OCTOBER 1st 2022

Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium Madison
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After being steamrolled in their conference opener, the Wisconsin Badgers will be looking to avoid an early hole in the Big Ten West when former head coach Bret Bielema returns to Madison, Wis., with Illinois on Saturday.

Wisconsin (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) is coming off a 52-21 loss at third-ranked Ohio State last Saturday. Illinois (3-1, 0-1), which lost its conference opener 23-20 at Indiana back on Sept. 2, will have two extra days to prepare after a 31-0 nonconference rout of Chattanooga on Thursday.

Bielema was 68-24 in seven seasons at Wisconsin before leaving after the 2012 season for Arkansas. Current Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst was the Badgers' offensive coordinator six seasons under Bielema.

"We've got three wins, obviously we'd love to have four, but I think we've learned a lot about our team in these first four games," Bielema said. "Now, we will take a nice nine-day preparation into the Wisconsin game."

Wisconsin, which had routed New Mexico State 66-7 on Sept. 17, was dominated in all phases by Ohio State, falling behind 21-0 in the first quarter. The Badgers' defense was shredded for 539 yards -- 258 on the ground and 281 through the air.

Braelon Allen was the lone bright spot for Wisconsin, rushing for 165 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Graham Mertz completed 11 of 20 passes for 94 yards, but threw a costly pick on his first pass attempt that set up a short 16-yard drive that put the Badgers down 14-0 with nine minutes left in the first quarter.

The Badgers passing game suffered a major loss against Ohio State when tight end Clay Cundiff was carted off with a left leg injury and is out indefinitely.

Illinois outgained Chattanooga 502-142, piling up 338 yards through the air. Tommy DeVito completed 24 of 32 passes for 332 yards and three touchdowns.

Chase Brown ran for 108 yards, bringing his national-leading rushing total to 604 yards. Brown is the first Illini running back to top 100 yards or more in five straight games.

"I think they've kind of settled in on their identity," Chryst said of the Illini. "I think the back is really good and talented, runs hard and breaks a lot of tackles. And, then I think they do a good job of complementing it. I think they've got some explosive playmakers outside."

Wisconsin has won nine of the last 12 against Illinois, with the only loss a 24-23 road upset on a last-second field goal in 2019 when the Badgers were ranked No. 6.

--Field Level Media

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers Recap OCT 1TH 2022

Tommy DeVito scored on three 1-yard sneaks to lift visiting Illinois to a 34-10 rout of Wisconsin in a Big Ten West matchup on Saturday, marking the Illini's first victory in Madison, Wis., in 20 years.

Two-first half interceptions led to DeVito's first two scores. His third capped a 75-yard drive early in the third quarter that put Illinois up 21-10.

The Illini (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) added a 44-yard field goal by Caleb Griffin and a 49-yard touchdown run by Chase Brown for a 31-10 lead entering the final period.

The game marked the first visit to Camp Randall Stadium for Illinois coach Bret Bielema, who coached Wisconsin for seven seasons, posting a 68-24 mark from 2006-12.

Wisconsin (2-3, 0-2 Big Ten) had won 11 of its past 12 games against Illinois, including eight straight at home. Illinois' last win at Camp Randall was in 2002.

The Illini held Wisconsin to two yards rushing on 24 attempts. The Badgers also committed 10 penalties for 77 yards.

Brown, the NCAA's leading rusher at 151 yards per game entering the game, ran for 129 yards on 25 carries. DeVito completed 18 of 24 passes for 167 yards. Griffin added a 31-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

Illinois turned two Graham Mertz interceptions into first-half touchdowns, each aided by pass interference calls.

Kendall Smith picked off a tipped pass on Wisconsin's second possession, returning it 19 yards to the Badgers 16. On fourth down from the 1, Wisconsin was called for pass interference. DeVito scored on a 1-yard keeper on the next play to tie the score at 7-7.

Nate Van Zelst's 39-yard field goal put Wisconsin up 10-7 two plays into the second quarter.

Mertz was intercepted again on the Badgers' next possession. DeVito's second 1-yard scoring sneak put the Illini up 14-10 with 7:31 left in the half. A pass interference call gave Illinois a first down at the 14, another a first down on the 3-yard-line.

Wisconsin took a 7-0 lead on its opening possession on a 21-yard touchdown pass from Mertz to Isaac Guerendo.

--Field Level Media

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