Saturday, 3:30 PM: Illinois at #7 Wisconsin
The two-loss Badgers remain in the playoff conversation following a typical ground-and-pound triumph over Northwestern last week, a game not fully settled until the final minutes, but which never really felt in doubt given Wisconsin's penchant for slowly and deliberately choking the life from their opponents. They are an unpleasant matchup for anybody in the nation — one senses they are the sort of team that doesn't really mind losing as long as it is a deliberate, exhausting, and painful ordeal for everyone involved. I like them. The Illini... are not very good. But they did beat Michigan State last week, which is everyone's favorite hobby this year, so they can ride that cresting wave into the meat grinder in Madison.