We interrupt your bye week…
However annoying that may sound to you, there’s no avoiding the fact that the Badgers are coming to town. I watched the Wisconsin-Northwestern game today, and while the Badgers weren’t completely overwhelming, they easily handled the #19 Wildcats, a team that’s more talented than their name would let on. UW is a team that likes to run the ball with the talented duo of Melvin Gordon and James White. Although their QB Joel Stave (pronounced STAH-vee…gotta let the “a” breathe like Fandango) isn’t afraid to air it out downfield, with the team tallying 10 plays of 50 plus yards coming into the weekend. So those two weapons in the Badger arsenal should keep the Illini defense guessing. On the other side of the coin, UW had three turnovers today, which opens up the opportunity for Jonathan Brown to record his first interception since 2011. Hey, I can make bold predictions too, right?
Staying true to the “enjoy this one for 24 hours” rule, UW coach Gary Andersen refused to go negative in his postgame press conference today...
The Illini will be in all orange this go around for the first time in almost a decade (see photo above). But as a Wisconsin fan once told me…badgers eat carrots.
My prediction: Wisconsin 38, Illinois 17
So I’m going to wrap things up by potentially committing a cardinal sin around Illini country, but this Bill Self Anchorman parody was just too well done not to share. Jerrance Howard makes a cameo too. Think we could convince Coach Groce to grow a moustache like that?
Coming up next Saturday: Wisconsin thoughts, prediction standings, and Michigan State predictions
[Anchorman audio via Dreamworks Pictures, Jump Around Audio via GameDayESPN on YouTube, Illini photo via @IlliniFootball on Twitter, Andersen audio via UWBadgers.com, Self photo via KUAthletics on YouTube]