Madison, Wisconsin was the setting for a prototypical Big Ten match-up on Saturday as the Wisconsin Badgers defensively outlasted the Illinois Fighting Illini by the score of 31-14.
A cold and balmy day set the stage for a game that was rather ugly with both teams combining to go 7-of-26 on third downs and each committing two turnovers.
But it was the Badgers (4-2, 1-1) who survive to see another day in what has become a very confusing race in the Big Ten’s Leaders Division.
What It Means: The end result of this game is nowhere near indicative of how the Badgers really performed against Illinois (2-4, 0-2). For three and-a-half quarters, it was the same ineffective offense and the stout defense who kept Wisconsin in the game. At one point in the first quarter, Head Coach Bret Bielema put third-string quarterback Curt Phillips in the game for no apparent reason, making what was already considered a joke even more so. Bielema addressed the situation at the post-game presser, stating...