After back-to-back heartbreaking losses, Wisconsin has regrouped to remain in the hunt for the Big Ten Leaders Division title.
Illinois' struggles on the field might be the least of its problems.
The No. 15 Badgers look to continue their roll with a third straight victory while trying to hand the reeling Illini a fifth consecutive loss Saturday afternoon in Champaign.
Wisconsin (8-2, 4-2) has outscored Purdue and Minnesota 104-30 to win its last two games and move past the bitter memories of consecutive last-second losses at Michigan State and Ohio State.
Though the Badgers' resurgence has come against two of the conference's weaker teams, the run has left them one game behind division leader and 21st-ranked Penn State. Victories at Illinois (6-4, 2-4) and next weekend over the Nittany Lions would give Wisconsin the division title and secure a spot in the Big Ten's inaugural championship game.
"We had two weeks back to back that were about as gut-wrenching as anybody could imag...