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Wisconsin is often overlooked when it comes to the Big Ten conference. Michigan and Ohio State receive so much of the attention that often not much is left for any other team in the conference.

The Badgers are looking to change all of that this season, they are off to a 5-0 start, and a win today over Illinois would mean that Wisconsin is a team to be taken seriously in the Big Ten.

Illinois, on the other hand, has been a dreadful program in recent years, so they went out and hired former Florida Gator coach Ron Zook to take over the struggling program. In the few years since Zook has been there, he has transformed Illinois from a laughingstock in the league, to a potential contender.

All Zook has to do is win Saturday’s game against the Badgers and improve his teams record to 5-1 and all of the down years will be forgotten, and a new era will be born.

There is no bigger surprise in the Big Ten than Illinois, but in order to reach their goals and be considered a real threat in the conference, they will have to upset one of the best teams in the country.

Ohio State and Michigan are also undefeated in conference play, but with the Wolverines only standing at 3-2 overall, and the Buckeyes having not yet been tested, the Wisconsin-Illinois game could provide a strong measuring stick as to who is the favorite to win the Big Ten.

Game time is set for noon and the game will be broadcast live on ESPN.

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