Coming off another dominant shutout win last week, No. 6 Wisconsin takes its 6-0 record on the road to Champaign to face 2-4 Illinois Saturday afternoon.
The game is scheduled to start at Noon ET and will be televised on the Big Ten Network. If you don’t have cable or don’t have BTN, you can watch a live stream of the game on your computer, phone, Roku, Fire TV Stick or other streaming device via one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
Big Ten Network is one of the 95-plus live TV channels included in the main FuboTV bundle, which is largely tailored towards sports. And in case the game gets moved to one of the Big Ten Network alternate channels, those are also included with FuboTV.
You can start a free seven-day trial of FuboTV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Wisconsin vs Illinois on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which will allow you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
Hulu With Live TV comes with Hulu’s extensive on-demand library of TV shows and movies and 60-plus live TV channels, including Big Ten Network and every other channel (ESPN, ESPN2, Fox, Fox Sports 1, ABC) that will have a Michigan game this season.
You can sign up for Hulu with Live TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Wisconsin vs Illinois on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.
If you can’t watch live, Hulu With Live TV comes with 50 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as the option to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of space and the ability to fast-forward through commercials.
YouTube TV comes with 70-plus live TV channels, including Big Ten Network.
You can sign up for YouTube TV right here, and you can then watch a live stream of Wisconsin vs Illinois on your computer via the YouTube website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or other compatible streaming device via the YouTube app.
If you can’t watch live, YouTube TV comes with included DVR.
Wisconsin vs Illinois Preview
Just how dominant has Wisconsin’s defense been through six games? They rank first in the country in points allowed per game (4.8), first in yards allowed per game (176.5), first in points allowed per play (0.080), first in yards allowed per play (2.9), first in third-down defense (15.66 percent), first in red-zone defense (28.57 percent), first in rushing yards allowed per game (47.5) and second in passing yards per game (129.0).
Somehow, the numbers may get even more impressive than that.
Through those six games, they have as many shutouts (four) as touchdowns allowed. And all four of those touchdowns allowed have come in the second half with a big lead in hand. In fact, they’ve never trailed this season, and the only “meaningful” points they’ve allowed (points that cut their lead seven points or less) all year was a first-quarter field goal against Northwestern. All year.
What’s scary for Illinois and the rest of the Big Ten is that the Badgers offense is clicking, as well.
Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor was held to below 100 rushing yards for the first time all season against Michigan State last week (80 yards on 26 carries), but Jack Coan completed 18-of-21 passes for 180 yards (8.6 YPA) and the Badgers still hung 38 on the Spartans.
“That was one of the biggest things (offensively) … making sure the defense has to cover the entire field and not just play one area,” Taylor said of Wisconsin’s offensive balance. “It makes the defense play honest. Especially with our reputation of running the ball. We have so many different weapons and so many different guys touching the ball. It’s special when everyone is clicking on all cylinders.”
Illinois, meanwhile, has lost four in a row after wins over Akron and UConn to start the season. That includes three straight defeats in Big Ten play, falling to Nebraska, Minnesota and Michigan. Lovie Smith has yet to win more than four games during his time in Champaign, and with Wisconsin, Purdue (away), Michigan State (away) and Iowa (away) all left on the schedule, it may be tough to cross that threshold this year.
The Badgers are favored by 31.5. They’ve won nine in a row against Illinois, including a 49-20 thumping last year.
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