Badgers refuse to look past faltering Illini

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Less than a month after a pair of losses derailed their national title plans, No. 15 Wisconsin is in line for a nice consolation prize.

The Badgers (8-2, 4-2 Big Ten) have to win two games to make it to the first Big Ten title game.

The first test is Saturday at Illinois, a team that’s lost four in a row and after a week of off-field problems could be playing for coach Ron Zook’s job.

Through its problems, Illinois’ defense has been consistently strong. That defense will have to slow quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Montee Ball to give the Illini a shot.