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Oct. 21 Asmussen Top 25

Illinois football beat writer Bob Asmussen is a voting member of The Associated Press Top 25 panel. Here is this week's ballot:

 

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Illini Report Card: at Wisconsin, Oct. 20, 2018

Player of the game | Wisconsin running back Taiwan Deal

Jonathan Taylor's understudy was just as effective Saturday against Illinois, putting up 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. The Illinois defense couldn't stop him on his 39-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Just what the Big Ten needs — another Wisconsin running back to game plan for.

Asmussen | Quarterback shift to Rivers has become necessary

MADISON, Wis. — I would never tell Rod Smith what to do. Except for now: change quarterbacks. Right away.

M.J. Rivers was the guy in the second half against Wisconsin. And should be for the rest of the season.

Illini not interested in any moral victories

Illinois offensive lineman Nick Allegretti discusses the disappointing of Saturday's 49-20 loss at No. 23 Wisconsin in addition to the Illini's turnover trouble. Then M.J. Rivers II goes in on the quarterback change against the Badgers, while safety Stanley Green breaks down the struggles in run defense and defensive lineman Lere Oladipo talks about being back on the field in a bigger role.

Notes: 'They know what they're doing'

MADISON, Wis. — Lere Oladipo spent most of the month of August dominating at defensive tackle for Illinois. Then the redshirt freshman lineman went down with an injury.

Frustration mounting after loss at Wisconsin

Illinois football coach Lovie Smith breaks down his team's 49-20 loss to No. 23 Wisconsin, including thoughts on switching quarterbacks and his team's defensive struggles.

Badgers too much for Illini defense after turnover-laden first half

MADISON, Wis. — Saturday's game at Wisconsin was the exact kind of quirky situation that could have seen the Illini hang with the No. 23 team in the country.

Turnovers galore.

A freak snowstorm in the first half.

Just weird enough that an upset wasn't entirely off the table.

Quick hits: Illini carved up by Badgers in 49-20 loss

WHAT HAPPENED

Snow. Sun. Turnovers. And Illinois' defense struggling again. The Illini lost the turnover battle, and gave up more than 500 yards of offense for the fourth time this season.

WHAT IT MEANS

LIVE! Wisconsin

FINAL: Wisconsin 49, Illinois 20

Illinois won't visit Camp Randall Stadium again until the 2020 season.

Good thing.

The Illini suffered their seventh straight loss at Wisconsin's home venue on a day where Lovie Smith's program never led and the closet deficit Illinois had against the Badgers happened during a downpour of snow.

Who's got the edge? Illinois at Wisconsin

Beat writer SCOTT RICHEY breaks down Illinois and Wisconsin:

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