The Wisconsin football team will play its final regular season road game Saturday as it takes on Illinois. The Badgers are 4-2 in Big Ten play and 8-2 overall. Wisconsin is ranked 13th in the coaches poll, 15th in the media poll and is 17th in this week’s BCS Standings. The Illini are 2-4 in conference play and 6-4 overall. This is the first meeting between the two teams since 2008. Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema talked about Saturday’s contest…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/BIELEMA12.mp3|titles=BIELEMA1]
The Illinois defense is ranked fourth in the Big Ten. The Illini are second against the run, fourth against the pass and defensive end Whitney Mercilus is first in the conference with twelve and a half sacks. Wisconsin left guard Travis Frederick knows all about the Illinois defense…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/FREDERICK1.mp3|titles=FREDERICK1]
Frederick will be lining up next to a new center this week as Ryan Groy takes over for the injured Peter Konz. Groy said this is a great opportunity…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/GROY1.mp3|titles=GROY1]
Wisconsin controls its own destiny in the Leaders Division of the Big Ten. That’s after the Badgers won at Minnesota last week while both Penn State and Ohio State loss. Quarterback Russell Wilson likes the fact that Wisconsin is in the drivers seat…[audio:http://wdor.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/WILSON11.mp3|titles=WILSON1]
Saturday’s Wisconsin – Illinois game can be heard on 93.9 FM WDOR. Coverage begins at 9 AM with kickoff at 11 AM.