The Illinois Fighting Illini will take on the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Illinois will aim to improve on their 3-3 record, while Wisconsin will look to add to their successful 4-2 start.
The game is scheduled to start at noon ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. If you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, you can still watch a live stream of the game (or DVR it) on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Fox Sports 1 is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 85 total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you forgot to record it.
In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox Sports 1. You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).
Fox Sports 1 is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.
Fox Sports Go
Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.
Wisconsin has a star player in running back Jonathan Taylor. Taylor had his lowest output of the season last week against Michigan, notching 17 carries and averaging just under six yards per carry, which enabled him to top the century mark for the sixth time this year. By comparison, Illinois is currently next to last in the conference with an allowance of just under 200 yards per game.
Unfortunately, Wisconsin also has to contend with quarterback Alex Hornibrook, who is coming off his worst game in his two seasons as the full-time starter. Last week against Michigan, he went 7 of 20 for 100 yards with a score and two interceptions last week. According to College Football News, Wisconsin’s success will largely hinge on Hornibrook, and whether or not he’s able to get his groove back.
Illinois ranks fourth in the conference when it comes to rushing, as they have averaged 229 yards per game and are just under 400 total yards per game on offense as a whole. The key to defeating Illinois, according to Wisconsin linebacker Andrew Van Ginkel, is containing quarterback A.J. Bush, Jr. “He is an athlete,” said Van Ginkel. “He is like a running back in there. We have to be able to contain him. We have to be able to wrap him up and get hats to the ball. It is going to be tough for one guy to bring him down. He’s got good skills.”
“It is a huge part of what they do,” adds defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard. “They have a dynamic quarterback that can run with the ball. We’ve got to have a plan for it. You have to be sound in how you handle the quarterback. It is coming down to execution right now. It’s not plays that we haven’t seen. It’s not situations our guys have not been put in.”
Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun told the Journal Sentinel that the important thing for the team is staying the course. “You have just got to stick to what you are supposed to do. You can’t try to do too much,” he said. “If you have to sit and watch the quarterback, you sit and watch the quarterback. If you have the dive, you have the dive.”