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At Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, Braelon Allen and the Wisconsin Badgers (2-1) play Chase Brown and the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-1) in a matchup between two outstanding running backs, beginning at 12:00 PM ET.
The Fighting Illini are expected to lose (currently +7) versus the Badgers (with an over/under of 43.5 points).
Game Info and Betting Lines for Wisconsin vs. Illinois
- Game Day: Saturday, October 1, 2022
- Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: BTN
- Location: Madison, Wisconsin
- Stadium: Camp Randall Stadium
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Wisconsin Betting Insights
- Illinois has a 3-1-0 record against the spread this season.
- Illinois has hit the over in one of four games with a set total (25%).
Wisconsin Stats & Insights
- Wisconsin has the 30th-ranked offense this season (478.7 yards per game), and has been even more effective defensively, ranking 11th-best with just 246.0 yards allowed per game.
- Defensively, Wisconsin has been a top-25 unit, ranking fifth-best by allowing only 8.0 points per game. The offense ranks 31st (39.3 points per game).
- On defense, Wisconsin has been a top-25 unit in terms of passing yards, ranking 20th-best by giving up only 170.0 passing yards per game. The Badgers rank 50th on offense (260.3 passing yards per game).
- Wisconsin has been surging on both sides of the ball in the running game, ranking 21st-best in rushing offense (218.3 rushing yards per game) and 11th-best in rushing defense (76.0 rushing yards allowed per game).
- Wisconsin has the 37th-ranked offense this season in terms of third-down efficiency (46.7% percentage), and has been better on the other side of the ball, ranking eighth-best with a 24.3% third-down percentage allowed.
- With eight forced turnovers (14th in the FBS) against four turnovers committed (40th in the FBS), Wisconsin’s +4 turnover margin is the 16th-best in college football.
Wisconsin’s Best Players
- Graham Mertz has thrown for 791 yards (197.8 ypg) to lead Wisconsin, completing 67.1% of his passes and collecting seven touchdown passes compared to three interceptions this season.
- Allen has carried the ball 73 times for a team-high 497 yards on the ground and has found the end zone six times as a runner.
- Chez Mellusi has carried the ball 39 times for 176 yards (44.0 per game) and one touchdown.
- Skyler Bell’s 201 yards as a receiver lead the team. He’s been targeted 16 times and has collected 12 receptions and two touchdowns.
- Chimere Dike has put together a 181-yard season so far with one touchdown, reeling in 10 passes on 15 targets.
- Clay Cundiff has a total of 142 receiving yards so far this year, grabbing nine throws and scoring two touchdowns.
- Nick Herbig has racked up 4.0 sacks to lead the team, while also picking up 5.0 TFL and 14 tackles.
- Maema Njongmeta, Wisconsin’s tackle leader, has 26 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and one interception this year.
- John Torchio has a team-high two interceptions to go along with 16 tackles, 1.0 TFL, one sack, and two passes defended.
Illinois Betting Insights
- Illinois is 3-1-0 ATS this season.
- Illinois has gone over in one of four games with a set total (25%).
Illinois Stats & Insights
- Illinois’ defensive unit has been paving the way for the team, as it ranks eighth-best in the FBS with 234.5 total yards allowed per game. In terms of offense, it is compiling 455.3 total yards per game, which ranks 47th.
- Illinois ranks 85th in the FBS with 28.3 points per contest, but it has been lifted up by its defense, which ranks fifth-best by surrendering only 8.0 points per game.
- Illinois ranks 70th in the FBS with 245.0 passing yards per game, but it has been led by its defense, which ranks ninth-best by allowing only 147.3 passing yards per contest.
- Illinois’ run defense has been leading the way for the team, as it ranks 23rd-best in the FBS with 87.3 rushing yards surrendered per game. In terms of offense, it is posting 210.3 rushing yards per game, which ranks 27th.
- Illinois ranks 43rd in the FBS with a 45.2% third-down conversion percentage, but it has been led by its defense, which ranks 13th-best by giving up a 26.2% third-down rate.
- Illinois has compiled nine forced turnovers (eighth in the FBS) and committed eight turnovers (107th in the FBS) this season for a +1 turnover margin that ranks 45th in the FBS.
Illinois’ Best Players
- Tommy DeVito has thrown for 951 yards on 68.8% passing while recording nine touchdown passes with two interceptions this season.
- Brown has rushed for 604 yards on 95 carries so far this year while scoring three times on the ground.
- Reggie Love III has rushed for 121 yards on 21 carries with one touchdown.
- Isaiah Williams leads his squad with 260 receiving yards on 28 catches with two touchdowns.
- Pat Bryant has put together a 259-yard season so far with two touchdowns. He’s caught 13 passes on 18 targets.
- Brian Hightower’s 12 receptions (on 17 targets) have netted him 120 yards (30.0 ypg) and one touchdown.
- Gabe Jacas leads the team with 3.0 sacks, and also has 2.0 TFL and four tackles.
- Illinois’ leading tackler, Keith Randolph Jr., has 17 tackles, 5.0 TFL, one sack, and one interception this year.
- Kendall Smith leads the team with two interceptions, while also collecting four tackles and two passes defended.