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Wisconsin favored by -10 against Illinois on Saturday

Wisconsin BadgersIllinois Fighting Illini
4-2October 19, 2013, 08:00 | Memorial Stadium3-2

Memorial Stadium features a battle between the host Illinois Fighting Illini and the visiting Wisconsin Badgers in betting action Saturday.

They battle the Badgers, currently with a 4-2 mark (5-1 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 3-2 for the Fighting Illini and 2-4 for the Badgers.

View Wisconsin Badgers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

Fans backing the Fighting Illini here saw them open at 5Dimes as 10-point underdogs in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Fighting Illini rated this week at No. 105 and the Badgers sitting at No. 7. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 49-34 result in favor of the Badgers this week.

Last time out for Wisconsin, they were a 35-6 winner as they battled Northwestern at home. Wisconsin covered in the match as a 11-point favorite, while 41 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Last time we saw the Fighting Illini, they had no answer for $WinningRB as the Cornhuskers rolled to a 39-19 victory at Memorial Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois's No. 33-ranked offense, averaging 36 PPG, against a Badgers defense that ranks No. 5 this week at 13.17 PPG. The Fighting Illini aerial game is averaging 281.4 yards per game, more than the Badgers secondary allows through the air, 177.17 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Badgers own the league's No. 46-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 154 yards per game when on the road. Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 76 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Badgers at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Wisconsin is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wisconsin's last 5 games
Wisconsin is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
Wisconsin is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games
Illinois is 5-20 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games

Next up:
Wisconsin at Iowa, Saturday, November 2nd
Illinois at Michigan State, Saturday, October 26th