"To be a good team and have any chance at all to talk to yourself at the end of the year about being a great team, you have to win on the road, and you've got to be able to find a way to get that done," first-year head coach Gary Andersen said. "It hasn't happened yet."
The Badgers' offense is a force. Melvin Gordon's 145 yards rushing a game is No. 3 in the country and James White is ranked 28th with 95.7 a game. As a team, Wisconsin is running for 298.2 yards a game, fifth best in the country.
And quarterback Joel Stave's 216.2 passing yards a game quietly put him at No. 4 in the Big Ten.
Brown is one of the country's better linebackers. His 60 tackles are tops in the conference. But he leads a defense that isn't very good at stopping what the Badgers offense does best. Illinois (3-2, 0-1) gives up 195.4 yards a game on the ground. In the Big Ten, only Indiana is worse.
Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks said his team knew what to expect on today.
"They're going to pound, pound, pound until you wear down," Banks said.