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Illinois vs Wisconsin Live Stream: How to Watch Online Free

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The Wisconsin Badgers and the University of Illinois Fighting Illini clash in a Big Ten showdown Friday night at Camp Randall.

The game starts at 8 p.m. ET and will be televised on Big Ten Network. But if you don’t have cable, here’s how to watch a live stream of Illinois vs Wisconsin online for free:

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FuboTV

You can watch a live stream of Big Ten Network, the BTN alternate channels and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which you can use for free with a seven-day trial right here:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch Illinois vs Wisconsin live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.

You can also watch the game live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can do that with your FuboTV credentials.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.


Vidgo

You can watch a live stream of Big Ten Network and 65+ other TV channels on Vidgo, which you can use for free with a seven-day trial:

Vidgo Free Trial

Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch Illinois vs Wisconsin live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Vidgo website.

You can also watch the game live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can do that with your Vidgo credentials.


Hulu With Live TV

You can watch a live stream of Big Ten Network and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which you can try out for free with a seven-day trial:

Hulu With Live TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch Illinois vs Wisconsin live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.

You can also watch the game live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can do that with your Hulu credentials.

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).


Sling TV

You can watch a live stream of Big Ten Network and 50-plus other TV channels via Sling TV’s “Sling Blue + Sports Extra” bundle. It comes with a free three-day trial, but if you bypass that, you can get $10 off your first month, and get Showtime, Starz, and Epix included for free:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch Illinois vs Wisconsin live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.

You can also watch the game live via FoxSports.com or the Fox Sports app. You need to sign in to a TV provider to watch this way, but you can do that with your Sling credentials.

If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.


Illinois vs Wisconsin Preview

The Badgers are 19 point favorites in this one, but don’t think point spreads or predictions matter much in this mini-rivalry. Wisconsin lost to Illinois last year on a last-second field goal after entering the game as 30 point favorites, and the Badgers will likely have that loss in the back of their minds for this one.

Paul Chryst’s team will look quite different to start the season than they did in 2019. Quarterback Graham Mertz will get the nod in place of injured starter Jack Coan, and the Badgers will no longer have Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor in the backfield.

Wisconsin should still be a run-heavy team with a solid offensive line, as usual, but they also lost two All-Big Ten linebackers Zack Baun and Chris Orr, so how well they can compensate for that loss in the middle of their defense will be a major factor in this game — and perhaps a big key to their season.

On the other side, the Illini will have four new starters on their defensive line, and how well they handle the run coupled with how often they pressure Mertz should go a long way in determining who emerges victorious. Brandon Peters will return at quarterback for Illinois after throwing for 1,884 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions last year.

Peters had the tendency to be turnover prone in 2019, and if he hasn’t worked on that particular issue, the Badgers defense could feast.

Illinois head coach Lovie Smith says he’s looking forward to a solid effort from both sides, but he did note one specific difference this year that could work to his team’s advantage: There will be no fans in the stands jumping around at Camp Randall.

“We were able to beat them last year and I think we’re a better team this year, but so are they,” Smith said, adding: “Not having to play in front of 80,000 Badger fans means we definitely won’t have to worry about crowd noise, but if you rely on someone else to get you going, you won’t. You can do a lot of talking, but the only way to confirm it is to play against good people.”

Perhaps Smith said it best when discussing what to expect from this game: “We have a system we believe in. Wisconsin has a power running game and you have to put on your big boy pads and be ready for that.”

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